Ignored by the 31 NHL teams during last week’s draft, Théo Rochette prefers to look forward. The Quebec Remparts forward now intends to take advantage of the current season to prove his true worth to the teams of the Bettman circuit.
Classified at 89e Ranked among North American skaters by the NHL Central Scouting, Rochette expected to be selected. Predictions saw him being claimed between the fourth and seventh rounds. In the end, he was not among the 217 players drafted on October 6 and 7.
“We will not be hiding, it’s disappointing. I wasn’t necessarily expecting that but I would have the opportunity to take it back this season and prove my worth, which I didn’t have the chance to do last year, ”he said. mentioned at the end of the Remparts training yesterday.
If he believes he did not have the chance to show off last season, it is because mononucleosis slowed him down last year.
“Then there was the adjustment after the exchange and when it got better, COVID happened. When it starts again, it will be an opportunity for me to redeem myself. However, I don’t want to use that as an excuse. “
Patrick Roy waited a few days before discussing the situation with his young player, preferring to let the dust settle.
Last Sunday, he took the time to have a good discussion with Rochette, to make him understand that nothing was played in his case.
“I reminded him that I managed Jonathan Marchessault who was not drafted but who has a very good career and, conversely, Connor Bleackley who was the first round pick of the Colorado Avalanche ( in 2014) and who has yet to play a game in the NHL. There are also the examples of Yanni Gourde or Mike Keane. Theo shouldn’t take it personally and I think he’s on the right track. “
One thing is certain, Rochette will have all the chances on his side to prove his worth. Roy has already mentioned that he plans to use him as the team’s first center player.
“Pat trusts me and makes me play. It’s a great opportunity for me. I’m ready to play and show what I’m capable of but above all I will try to have fun. It is the most important.”
Yanni Gourde, Mike Keane, some guys who haven’t been drafted have had great careers. You have to take it personal. I think he’s on the right track.