Rochette finally has peace of mind

Rochette finally has peace of mind

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To say the least, it has been an eventful summer for Théo Rochette. Now focused on his short-term future, the 20-year-old striker now only has eyes for the Remparts.

The captain of the Red Devils recognizes this, moreover: his past summer has challenged him mentally.

“It's been a tough summer. Mentally, for a month and a half, not knowing where I was going to play and where I was going, it was getting difficult. When it was announced, I was able to take a breather. It was a relief and I'm happy to be back with the group we have. »

Patrick Roy feels it, moreover, that his No. 9 is happy to be back in Quebec and that he does not take this last junior year as a step back.

“I feel he is determined and I feel he wants to make a difference. I love his attitude. Théo is on a mission and I am convinced that he will do well at the camp in Philadelphia. When he comes back, he will be ready. I am convinced that he is in a good place in his head. »

ANOTHER CHANCE

That camp in Philadelphia that Roy is referring to is the Philadelphia Flyers rookie camp that Rochette was invited to after looking good at development camp last July.

Never drafted into the NHL, he will have another opportunity to show off with a team in the Bettman circuit after his participation in the rookie camp of the Toronto Maple Leafs last year.

“I don't want to put pressure on myself. I just want to go out there to show what I can do and prove to people that I deserved better. On the other hand, I am not going there with the pressure of having to sign a contract. I have nothing to lose and whatever will happen will happen. If I sign a contract, so much the better.

Even if he signed a contract, Rochette should in theory return to Quebec for his last junior year. And he will do it with the firm intention of winning the championship that eluded the team last year.

WINNING IN QUEBEC CITY

“I got here and felt like it was the same season going on. For me, I see it as continuity. We didn't manage to accomplish what we wanted last year, we learned from that and gained experience. I think this year, we are all ready and we know what to expect. Last year the chemistry was incredible and we have the same core this year. We added a few players who complement us well so I'm not worried about that. »

In 66 games last year, Rochette registered 33 goals and 66 assists for 99 points, which allowed him to finish 8th in QMJHL scoring, tied with his partner Zachary Bolduc trio.