By JD Lagrange – While a vast majority of Habs’ fans were wanting the team to draft Shane Wright, the fact that he slipped to fourth overall and that another center, Logan Cooley, was selected ahead of him, served as a serious dose of reality. It seems like now, most Canadiens’ fans are rallying behind their favourite team’s choice of Juraj Slafkovsky and things are back to normal… for now.
In a tweet this morning, Slovak hockey insider Tomas Prokop provided us with some new information about Montreal’s shiny new toy. Tonight is the Hockey Slovakia hockey awards and according to the insider, the Canadiens’ top prospect is the front-runner to become the youngest winner of the Player of the Year award in history.
Further, Prokop states that Slafkovsky will be returning to Montreal next week and will be training with friend and compatriot Filip Mesar in preparation for the Canadiens’ rookie camp, scheduled to start on September 14th.
The Canadiens will participate in a rookie tournament in Buffalo this year as well. The Canadiens will be joining the Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators, New Jersey Devils, and Pittsburgh Penguins. Each team will play three games in the tournament.
The Mini-Habs will face the Buffalo Sabres rookies on Thursday, September 15th, the New Jersey Devils rookies on Friday, September 16th and the rookies for the Ottawa Senators on the afternoon of Sunday, September 18th.