CH recruits: no Slovak duel at the top

CH recruits: no Slovak duel at the top


Forward Juraj Slafkovsky will have to wait before facing his compatriot Simon Nemec, as he will not participate in the Montreal Canadiens' match against the New Jersey Devils on Friday in the rookie tournament presented at Buffalo. 

The first pick in the most recent National League draft was among the excess hockey players during the morning practice session held by the head coach of the Laval Rocket, Jean-François Houle.

The day before, Slafkovsky scored an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Sabers. In addition, during pre-game interviews, he had jokingly mentioned wanting to “stamp” his friend Nemec along the tape, saying he hoped to play the game against the Devils. This one, who plays as a defender, was chosen just after him at the 2022 amateur auction.

For their part, Justin Barron, Kaiden Guhle, Arber Xhekaj and Jan Mysak will not be in uniform in the evening. Having scored on Thursday, Emil Heineman, Filip Mesar and Owen Beck will play again on Friday.