At just 19 years old, Cubeser Hendrix Lapierre was able to earn his place on the Washington Capitals list at the start of the season.
Hendrix Lapierre’s agency, Quartex Hockey, posted the news on their Instagram account on Monday afternoon. Capitals have yet to make an official statement; They are due to reveal their final list on Tuesday.
Lapierre has been impressed in Washington since the training camp began. With five assists in four pre-season games, he teamed up with Evgeny Kuznetsov to end the pre-season for the first team in points.
A Gatinau resident spoke at a news conference Monday afternoon. Although he was not yet aware of the leadership decision at the time, he continued to laugh out loud.
“I talk to my family every day,” he said. We are still waiting. If I play, they are ready to come. It’s really special. ”
All in all, Lapierre can pack their bags.
In all likelihood, the young man will lead the Third Line of Capitals. This post is vacant in the absence of the injured Niklas Backstrom at the start of the season. Lapierre veterans TJ Oshi and Connor Sherry are considered wingers.
“It’s fun to play with them and I feel so lucky to have them on the wings,” he said. They can help me on the rink, but also outside of it, for example with the system and all. ”
Lapierre praised Oshi, who seems to have been following him since the beginning of camp. “I hope he didn’t bother me to follow him and see what he was doing!” He nodded.
It remains to be seen how long the backstrom will be out and what will happen to Lapierre during that time. But that young man has a lot to be proud of.
“I’ve been here for a while and every day is special,” he suggests. Especially coming to the arena for me as a young player. I’m really excited for the start of the season, which is the first game. I want to show that I can play. My arousal level is no longer high. ”
At the press conference, head coach Peter Laviolet emphasized on his game, his skills and desire to learn. “In training he competes against veterans,” he said. He doesn’t even give them an inch. He is struggling. He may not win every battle, but he will try. He goes there and gives his maximum. ”
The Capitals are set to play their first game against the New York Rangers on Wednesday.
Joe Veleno returns to the Minors
This is clearly not the year of Joe Veleno. The 21-year-old Montreal was one of the last three forwards to be cut by the Detroit Red Wings on Monday afternoon.
At a press conference after the pre-season game, head coach Jeff Blaschill said the 2018 first-round pick was “stepping in the right direction”, but it seemed questionable whether he had a place in the game this year.
Veleno Red Wings School Club reports to Grand Rapids Griffins.
New York Islanders announced Monday that 20-year-old defenseman Samuel Boldak has been transferred to the Bridgeport Islanders in the AHL.