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“I don’t know [what will happen] yet”: Jesse Ylönen talks about his uncertain future next season

With an uncertain season to come, the Canadiens prospect is keeping an eye on the team.

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Montreal Canadiens prospect Jesse Ylönen is adjusting to the whirlwind that the pandemic has brought.

From going to Finland to Montreal and back without playing a game, and not knowing when he’ll be back after signing his first NHL contract, he’s keeping up his training regime.

“I am just training and trying to stay in good shape right now,” he said. The injury that kept Ylönen out of the Laval Rocket games before COVID-19 shut down hockey doesn’t affect him anymore.

The prospect is watching the Canadiens from Finland. “What a game!,” he said in regards to Montreal’s dramatic overtime win in the first game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

With the uncertain North American season looming — both the NHL and AHL will not start before December at the earliest — quite a few European players that have signed NHL deals were loaned back to clubs in Europe.

Montreal’s Otto Leskinen was loaned in an announcement made earlier on Monday, while Nils Höglander (Vancouver Canucks), Theodor Lennström (Edmonton Oilers), and Jesper Sellgren (Carolina Hurricanes) are some other examples.

When asked about his own options, Jesse Ylönen confesses that at the moment that’s still up in the air

“I don’t know [what will happen] yet,” he said.

Jesse Ylönen would be a good addition to any team in Liiga, and it would probably be in Montreal’s interests that Ylönen gets to play too, as his last game was February 22 when Pelicans lost at home to TPS 6-2. Since he has no contract in Europe, he can be loaned to any team in Europe by the Canadiens.

Ylönen finished last season with 22 points (12G-10A) in 53 Liiga games, and was set to finish off the season with Laval Rocket.