Laval Rocket goalie Cayden Primeau looks over the shoulder of Justin Ducharme during practice on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022.

Nonetheless, the player considered Montreal’s goalie of the future maintained there won’t be any residual effects from playing behind a defensive unit that has made repeated mistakes. Nor from frequently being pulled from games at the NHL level.

“It wasn’t fun, but it’s definitely going to help in the long run,” Primeau said Monday, following practice with the Laval Rocket. “Being put in certain situations … it’s all experience and any experience is valuable. I have more knowledge and wisdom than a couple months ago. That’s huge.”

This wasn’t Primeau’s first stint with the Canadiens — he played two games in 2019-20 and four more last season — but it certainly was the toughest stretch he has endured.

Selected 199th overall by Montreal in 2017, Primeau had a 1-7-1 record, 4.88 goals-against average and save percentage of .866. Last Tuesday, he allowed every goal in a 7-1 loss to New Jersey. Then, two nights later, he was removed barely more than five minutes into the second period against Washington, having allowed four goals on 14 shots.

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