Owen Beck is the first junior-age player recalled by the Canadians since Olivier Michaud on October 26, 2001. However, it appears that Jeff Gorton and Kent Hughes have considered recalling Joshua Roy from the Sherbrooke Phoenix.
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The 19-year-old forward from St-Georges-de-Beauce, who played a game in the pro ranks and played a playoff meeting with Rocket last spring, would also have been a smart choice.
In a clarification during the game, the organization explained in three points why Beck was ultimately chosen.
The Canadian needed a center. Possibly because the cases of Nick Suzuki, Kirby Dach or Chrisitan Dvorak were uncertain. Roy is more of a winger.
The Peterborough Petes, Beck’s OHL squad, have just one game scheduled for the weekend while the Phoenix have three. NHL rules state that a junior-age player cannot miss more than one game for their team.
Finally, and this point explains why the Habs didn’t bring in an American League player, was the Laval Rocket in Cleveland. Because the callback came at the last minute, officials preferred to call a hopeful who was already in Ontario.