Jesse Ylonen literally shot himself in the foot...

Published September 19, 2021 at 12:00

Many were wondering where forward Jesse Ylonen had been since the start of the Montreal Canadiens' rookie camp. The situation was cleared up, as the Finn was in quarantine, due to his refusal to be vaccinated for personal reasons, he who had just arrived from Finland.

Ylonen had completed his quarantine by the time the rookie tournament began against the Senators, but the CH deemed him not ready to play a game. He had not skated enough before the game. Ylonen did skate on Saturday morning in an effort to get back into shape.

Ylonen should be able to play in the 2021-2022 season, but it may be a long shot. NHL players who are not vaccinated will be able to play their games, however, if there is an unforeseen event related to COVID-19, these players could be suspended without pay.

The Canadiens' prospect should be able to play with the Laval Rocket in Canada, but may not be able to travel to the United States. Ylonen could miss as much as 30% of the games played by the Habs' farm team, that is to say the 22 games played in the United States. This option is considered only if the federal quarantine is applied to professional hockey players.

The Tricolore's second round pick in 2018 has made a decision that is fully his own, but it could greatly affect his development. He could have difficulty finding some rhythm and timing, if he does not play on a regular basis.

Remember that Ylonen will likely be one of the Rocket's headliners this season, considering the expectations placed on him. He was one of Laval's best forwards last year, which explains his 17 points, including 9 goals, in 29 games. He is a player that was seen as a potential candidate for a recall with the Canadiens, but due to his decision, they might look at other options...

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