Montreal Canadiens goaltender Cayden Primeau
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Shocking information emerges on Cayden Primeau's acquisition

Published March 30, 2024 at 9:21 PM

Since the trade involving Jake Allen and the New Jersey Devils, the 24-year-old American goaltender, Cayden Primeau, has delivered excellent performances with the Montreal Canadiens.

Now that he is assured of sharing the net with his teammate Samuel Montembeault, he seems to be playing with much less pressure. The goalie appears in full control of his abilities, nearly reminding us of a young Carey Price.

In his last three starts at the Bell Centre, number 30 has been simply dominant, conceding only one goal to his opponents. If it weren't for Owen Tippett's goal Thursday night, Cayden Primeau would have recorded a third shutout in front of the Montreal fans.

Clearly, he is truly developing into an NHL-caliber goaltender, one who could form an impressive duo with Samuel Montembeault in 2024-2025. This is an incredible outcome, especially for a goalie who was selected in the seventh round of the draft.

During a recent segment on BPM Sports, Mathias Brunet highlighted an interesting fact to Montreal fans. Indeed, if the Canadiens managed to acquire the American goalie as well as the Quebecois forward Rafael Harvey-Pinard, it's notably thanks to two transactions made with the Philadelphia Flyers.

In 2017, when the Montreal Canadiens did not have a seventh-round pick, Marc Bergevin decided to make a trade by sending his seventh-round pick in 2018 to the Flyers to draft the goalie at the 199th overall position.

According to Mathias Brunet, when the management team noticed that Cayden Primeau was falling in the draft and no team seemed interested in selecting him, they immediately concluded a deal, seeing the goalie as the third-best goaltender of the 2017 draft class.

"Cayden Primeau was the 3rd goalie on the Canadiens' list in 2017!" - Mathias Brunet

However, a nearly identical scenario occurred two years later. The Bleu-Blanc-Rouge once again acquired a seventh-round pick from the Philadelphia Flyers, choosing the former Chicoutimi Saguenéens forward, Rafael Harvey-Pinard, in 2019.

Wow! It's quite impressive to note that these two transactions involving seventh-round picks allowed the CH to add two regular players to its roster.

In summary, thanks to two trades involving seventh-round picks, the Flyers enabled the Montreal Canadiens to acquire Cayden Primeau and Rafaël Harvey-Pinard. It's worth mentioning that the chances of a pick so far down becoming an NHL player are less than 20%, thus showcasing the real steals committed by the organization at the time.

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Shocking information emerges on Cayden Primeau's acquisition

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