Earlier today, the Montreal Canadiens placed nine players on the waivers. Of these players, we find a former first round pick, Noah Juulsen.
Selected 26th overall in 2015, the 23-year-old defenceman played 44 games with the CH. The Surrey, British Columbia native was recognized as a « two way » D-man who was able to support the offense as well as being strong defensively.
During the games he played in the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge uniform, we were able to see the potential of the young defenceman. In addition to his versatility, his rugged side was appreciated by observers.
In 2018-2019, Juulsen could be seen developing right before your eyes. Playing on the third pair of defencemen on Victor Mete’s right flank, the CH organization seemed to place a legitimate hope in their young prospect.
Unfortunately for the young man, a serious head injury ruined everything. In a game against the Washington Capitals, he received a shot directly to the face, which ended his season.
A difficult recovery
After missing the rest of the 2018-2019 season, Noah was still struggling with serious headaches. Following a diagnosis from his doctor, he tried a comeback, however, Juulsen still had not recovered.
« No matter who asked for it, it had to happen. We’re all in the same boat. His health is the most important thing. He met with our doctors. He will seek a second expertise to validate the diagnosis he received here and offer him peace of mind. We have to do the right thing and we are completely supportive of him. »
With things not improving, he missed the entire 2018-19 season and the beginning of the 2019-20 season. He ended up playing 13 games with the Laval Rockets before COVID ruined everything.
After having played only 37 games in 3 years, it seems that his progression has taken a downturn. Finally recovered and able to play, Noah Juulsen was put on the waivers today.
On the waivers
The CH takes the chance to lose their 23 year old defenceman, the depth at the blue line doesn’t leave them much choice.
Of course, the team that will take the chance to claim Juulsen will absolutely have to play him in their starting line-up. This obligation may explain the decision of the Canadiens.
Let’s hope he remains unclaimed and gets his game back in the American league.
Translated by Michel-Alexandre Broekaert