Canadiens recall top goalie prospect Cayden Primeau from AHL
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The Montreal Canadiens recalled goaltender Cayden Primeau from the AHL's Laval Rocket on Monday, the club announced.

Backup netminder Keith Kinkaid was placed on waivers earlier Monday after posting a .875 save percentage and 4.24 goals-against average over six games.

Primeau, whose father Keith played 15 seasons in the NHL, is Montreal's top goalie prospect. He's risen through the ranks after the Canadiens drafted him in the seventh round - 199th overall - in 2017.

Following his draft year, Primeau played two seasons at Northeastern University, winning the Mike Richter Award as the nation's top goaltender after posting a .933 save percentage over 36 games in 2018-19. He turned pro this season with the Rocket and registered a .910 save percentage in 12 contests.

The Athletic's Corey Pronman had Primeau ranked as his fourth-best goalie prospect in the NHL entering the 2019-20 campaign.

Although Primeau is just 20 years old, he could potentially help take the burden off a struggling Carey Price amid Montreal's eight-game losing streak.

Additionally, forward Matthew Peca was also recalled from the AHL.

Canadiens recall top goalie prospect Cayden Primeau from AHL
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