Canadiens put up qualifying offers to 6 avid gamers

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens classic supervisor Marc Bergevin offered on Monday that the membership submitted qualifying offers to 6 avid gamers.

The offers were made to forwards Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Artturi Lehkonen, Michael Pezzetta and Ryan Poehling, defenseman Otto Leskinen, as smartly as goaltender Michael McNiven.

In 56 video games with the Canadiens in 2020-21, Kotkaniemi tallied 5 dreams and 15 assists, and served 12 penalty minutes. The 21-twelve months-outdated centerman added 5 dreams and three helpers in 19 playoff contests.

Lehkonen scored seven dreams and produced 13 points in 47 video games with Montreal this previous season. The Piikkio, FIN native additionally added four points (3 dreams, 1 lend a hand) in 17 playoff video games. His overtime goal in Game 6 of the Semifinals propelled the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup Closing.

Pezzetta played 20 video games with the Laval Rocket within the AHL. The left-handed ahead gathered two dreams and three assists. He additionally served 30 penalty minutes.

Poehling led all Rocket avid gamers with 25 points in 28 video games in his 2d official season. The 6’2” and 197 lbs ahead attach career-highs in dreams (11), assists (14) and total points within the AHL.

Leskinen led all Rocket defensemen with 16 assists and 17 points in 33 video games with Laval. The 5’11” and 187 lbs left-handed rearguard additionally suited up for one NHL game with the Canadiens on April 10 versus Winnipeg. Leskinen recently signed a two-twelve months contract with Jokerit in Finland. By submitting an offer, the Canadiens shield Leskinen’s rights would possibly per chance restful he return to North The US.

McNiven played 13 video games with Laval and posted a 7-3-3 file, along with a 2.59 dreams-in opposition to reasonable and a .895 do share. The Winnipeg, MB native additionally posted one shutout in his fourth season with the Rocket.

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