The ideal companion for Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki has been identified by Bob Hartley, and he's not in Montreal

Published October 28, 2023 at 4:42 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN
It's been two seasons now, and there's a need to find the ideal linemate to play with Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki. Josh Anderson doesn't seem to be the right fit, and while Rafaël Harvey-Pinard has the heart of a true Canadien, it doesn't appear to be a long-term solution.

Kirby Dach was the only one who seemed to fit the role, but he was also preferred at center, and he won't be back for a year.

What if the right player isn't in Montreal? What if he's in Laval? That's what Bob Hartley thinks. The former coach believes that Joshua Roy should get the call to play alongside the two star players and make his NHL debut.

Hartley also mentioned that a coach in the AHL is accountable to his players. The most deserving ones get called up. In Joel Armia's case, the decision was understandable, and he was performing well in Laval too. But if there were to be another call-up, it should undoubtedly be the hometown player.


Josh is having a completely crazy, almost unexpected start to the season. The AHL rookie now has 11 points in five games and is simply dominant when he's on the ice, a man among boys. Let's see what the team's management decides to do when the time comes.

Many fans and experts initially believed Roy should spend the entire year in Laval, but opinions are slowly changing, and rightfully so. When a player dominates to this extent, they deserve a shot at the next level.

IN YOUR OPINION, SHOULD THE CANADIENS CALL UP JOSHUA ROY NEXT TIME?
OCTOBER 28      161 ANSWERS
YES13181.4 %
NO3018.6 %
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