The Montreal Canadiens will start the rookie tournament by facing the hopes of the Buffalo Sabers on Thursday, and for the occasion, they will get to know better Matthew Savoie, the ninth overall pick of the last draft of the National Hockey League (NHL).
As the Habs confirmed on Sunday, a total of 28 players will take part in the camp, which will begin with physical testing on Wednesday before the trip to chicken wing town. Once there, the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge color holders will do battle with three of the five other participating clubs, namely the Sabres, the New Jersey Devils and the Ottawa Senators.
If the Juraj Slafkovsky, Joshua Roy, Xavier Simoneau, Jan Mysak as well as future defenders such as Jordan Harris, Kaiden Guhle, Logan Mailloux, Mattias Norlinder and Justin Barron will make the journey, on the side of the host team, it is already assured that Savoie will play on Thursday. The local daily “The Buffalo News” also revealed on Tuesday the names of the skaters who will compete against the Canadiens.
The group includes some young people who were selected at the most recent amateur auction: in addition to Savoie, there are will have Jiri Kulich, Mats Lindgren, Vsevolod Komarov, as well as the 14th pick of the 2021 session, Isak Rosen.
To return to Savoie, a shoulder injury during the Junior League playoffs of West kept him out at development camp. The 18-year-old is expected to play with the Winnipeg Ice again this year. Last year, he tallied 35 goals and 55 assists for 90 points in 65 games.
In addition, Quebec defender François-James Buteau, who played 67 games with the Eagles of Cape Breton, in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season, will be among the Sabers rookies on the ice on Thursday.