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Season Reviews

Grading Jacob Olofsson’s season

In what was supposed to be a season of improvement, Olofsson kept slipping backward.

Grading Joni Ikonen’s season

Finally healthy, we saw the significant impact all that lost time had on Ikonen’s development.

Ben Chiarot’s first-year progression or: Why we need to be patient with new players

The defenceman brought one set of neutral-zone rules with him from Winnipeg, and spent the 2020-21 season unlearning all of it.

Laval season review: Alexandre Alain took another step forward

The second-year pro showed improvement in 2019-20.

Laval season review: Cayden Primeau solidified his potential

In his first professional season, the goaltender rose up the depth chart.

Laval season review: Josh Brook’s first professional season isn’t over yet

The young defenceman took strides under Joël Bouchard.

Laval Season Review: Otto Leskinen’s first season in North America showed his potential

The 23-year-old made strides for the Rocket in his debut season.

Laval season review: Laurent Dauphin was the catalyst for change

Acquired in a deal in January, Dauphin found a new home quickly in Laval.

Laval season review: The depth pieces played important roles

These players didn’t have NHL contracts, but had major roles on the Canadiens’ AHL team.

Laval season review: Karl Alzner was a key mentor for a young team

The pillar on defence for the Rocket was more than just an on-ice leader for Laval again this year.

Laval season review: Charlie Lindgren needed to play more

The goaltender found himself sharing the net in both Laval and Montreal.

Laval season review: Gustav Olofsson is a jack of all trades

Steady and reliable was the name of the game for the Swedish defender, but will it get him to the NHL level?

Laval season review: Belzile remains a true leader for the team

Injuries cut down what looked like another career year for the veteran forward.

Laval season review: Joseph Blandisi may be the hired gun the team has been looking for

The team has been trying to find the right veteran to lead the Rocket up front.

Laval season review: Ryan Poehling struggled in his first year as a pro

It wasn’t the season many expected, but it laid the groundwork for the forward to build on.

Laval season review: Jake Lucchini made an impression after being acquired

The Rocket forward was hitting his stride as the season ended.

Laval season review: Cale Fleury used his time to regain his form

A short stint provided a solid base for the young defender to grow on.

Laval season review: Dale Weise’s leadership stood out in brief AHL stay

The hockey journeyman contributed seven points in 27 American Hockey League games in 2019-20

Laval season review: Hudon put in an All-Star performance

In a "prove it" year, Hudon did just that.

Laval season review: Keith Kinkaid was a failed backup plan

The Canadiens’ free agent signing was unable to provide sufficient help for the Habs and Rocket.

Laval season review: Lukas Vejdemo’s ability to adapt earned him an NHL shot

The centre brought everything to the table, and will look to stick in the NHL.

Laval season review: Noah Juulsen’s tough season ended on a high

It has been a road of twists and turns, but the young defenceman is finally back on the right track.

Laval season review: Xavier Ouellet was everything the Rocket asked for this year

Laval was aiming for both stability and increased production in its second season. Ouellet provided both.

Laval season review: It took an empty-netter for Jake Evans to find his stride

After a strong rookie year, Evans battled his way through an early sophomore slump.

Laval season review: Michael McNiven seized his small opportunity

Playing for four teams didn’t stop McNiven from showing he’s a legitimate option between the pipes

Laval season review: Kotkaniemi’s brief AHL time set stage for next year

It may not have been an easy sophomore season, but it was an important one for the young Finn.

In his second year on the job, Joël Bouchard has given the Laval Rocket an identity

The season didn’t end the way he wanted, but the coach has set the team — and organization — up for future success.

Report Card: Alexander Romanov took strides in limited minutes

In his final season of development in Russia, the defenceman rounded out his game ahead of his arrival in the NHL.

Report Card: Mattias Norlinder established himself among Canadiens’ top prospects

Despite an injury and shortened season, the defender still had a pretty impressive year.

Report Card: Jesse Ylönen took big strides toward becoming an NHL player

There’s still work to be done in the AHL, but the Finnish winger brings a strong base of talent to North America.

Report Card: Frederik Dichow needs to become more even in his performance

The goaltender had some quality games, but a large number of poor outings as well.

Report Card: Arsen Khisamutdinov made an impression, but at the wrong level

The over-ager did well in the VHL, but never gained a foothold during the 30 games in Russia’s top league.


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