It has been nearly six months since the Canadiens traded Tyler Toffoli to the Calgary Flames. In exchange, he had acquired a first-round pick (who became Filip Mesar), a fifth-round pick in 2023, Tyler Pitlick (who was there primarily for salary reasons), and Emil Heineman, a second-round pick in 2020 who he has the potential to become a good support winger.
That said, since the trade, Heineman hasn’t played much hockey. He was injured and sat out until the end of the season. However, he signed a three-year contract with CH and joined Laval Rocket’s entourage at the end of the season.
However, although many expected to see him play at Laval in 2022-23, here we find out via Habs eyes on the prize that the general manager of Heineman’s team in Sweden, Tomas Johnsson, expects the youngster to return to Sweden if he doesn’t play in the NHL this year.
If Montreal Canadiens prospect Emil Heineman doesn’t make the NHL roster, his SHL team Leksand expects him to return, according to an interview with the team’s general manager. More details: https://t.co/XFvjMMg1cr
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Basically, it’s a similar situation to Mattias Norlinder’s last year. Young European players often have an escape clause in their contract that allows them to return to play in Europe if they don’t make it to the big NHL club. It’s a way to get them back to playing at home instead of playing in the AHL.
However, given that the chances of seeing Heineman play in the NHL this year are pretty slim (especially since he hasn’t played in several months), we can believe that the most likely scenario in his case for 2022-23 is to see him in uniform. from Leksand, his team in Sweden.
On the one hand, it’s not necessarily very serious given that he’s staying in a familiar system and that he’ll be playing against professionals in Europe. On the other hand, it would not have been a bad idea for him to play in the AHL this year so that he could play in a system similar to that of the CH and, above all, that he could play on North American ice. . .
But hey, after all, he has the right to return to Europe.
Remember, however, that this does not mean that the young striker will surely return to Europe. After all, it could just be the words of a GM hoping to see his player again, but it’s still the most likely scenario.
We will see, therefore, if Heineman will imitate what Norlinder did last year, but there are reasons to believe that he will. And if he so decides, he could delay his arrival in the NHL for a year.
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