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Arber Xhekaj's return: it is now confirmed by Jean-François Houle, and he will be back with the Canadiens sooner or later

Published December 14, 2023 at 8:06 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

There's not much to fault in Laval Rocket head coach Jean-François Houle. He excels with young players, knows how to help them progress, and above all, he is very transparent.

When asked about the potential return of Arber Xhekaj to the Canadiens, here's what he had to say:

"He will go back to the NHL; it's just a matter of time. His attitude is very good, and he quickly integrated into the group." - Jean-François Houle

With two points in three games and playing on the first pair with Logan Mailloux, Xhekaj is making a positive impact in the AHL. The Canadiens have asked him to improve his defensive play, and he's ready to make the effort while maintaining a good attitude.


This is a significant statement because many people thought he was sulking down there. Recall that after his first game, several journalists mentioned that they didn't recognize him.

However, it's essential to understand that it was his first game back from injury, with teammates he doesn't know, a different coach and system, and a different role.

He has since adjusted, and it wouldn't be surprising if he's the next defenseman called up in case of a need.


Source: Go Nordiques
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Arber Xhekaj's return: it is now confirmed by Jean-François Houle, and he will be back with the Canadiens sooner or later

In your opinion, what is the future of Arber Xhekaj this season?

Stays in Laval518.1 %
Called up by Montreal53684.7 %
Traded467.3 %
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