Acquisition by the Montreal Canadiens: the organization may have made a big move by adding the young defenseman William Trudeau
BY ELIAS AUGUST 29, 2023 (6:22 PM)
In recent days, we've discussed two Canadiens forwards who could surprise in the upcoming season. The young Swede Lias Andersson and the Quebecer Joshua Roy will definitely be one to watch and might certainly play a few games with the main team during the next season.
At defense, while names like Kaiden Guhle, Lane Hutson, David Reinbacher, Logan Mailloux, Justin Barron, Arber Xhekaj, and Jordan Harris will be interesting to follow, one shouldn't overlook young William Trudeau. Often overlooked in discussions, the 20-year-old defenseman has made significant strides in 2022-2023 with the Laval Rocket and is now the key defender of the organization.
The one who was ranked 16th among top U23 prospects by journalist Corey Pronman from The Athletic, he finished the last season with 7 goals, 20 assists, totaling 27 points in 60 games. These statistics indeed placed him as the team's top-scoring defenseman.
In an interview given last April, the Rocket's assistant coach, Kelly Buchberger, was highly complimentary towards the Quebecer. According to him, there's no doubt that the defenseman will play in the NHL someday.
According to the former NHL player, one only needs to see how hungry he is to reach the next level. Seeing how hard he works, both on and off the ice, he's not worried at all.
Buchberger knows exactly what changed the game in the young man's progress. It was the injuries within the defensive squad that prompted the assistant coach to place Trudeau on the first powerplay unit.
Given his contribution to both the powerplay and penalty kill units, it's clear that Trudeau will be a key player for the Rocket next season. He will undoubtedly be on the first defensive pair this season with Justin Barron on the Canadiens' farm team.
Don't forget that the Quebecer achieved all this success as one of the youngest defensemen in the league. As Corey Pronman points out, this is very promising for the future!
Clearly, by acquiring Trudeau in 2021, the Montreal Canadiens might have hit a home run.
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