On Tuesday, the Montreal Canadiens placed 23-year-old forward Jacob De la Rose on waivers. It is quite the roller-coaster ride for the young player, who suffered a cardiac episode, otherwise known as a heart attack, immediately following a preseason game against the Ottawa Senators late last month. While De la Rose has yet to play a game since suffering the episode, he had joined the Habs for practices lately after being cleared by the team's medical staff. He collected eight goals and 19 points in 119 games and managed to play a career high 55 games with the Habs in 2017-18.
Now the young forward gets to start a new chapter in his career as he has been claimed off waivers by the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.
However, the Wings made an embarrassing mistake while welcoming their new player on social. As the team proudly announced the transaction on social media, they said De La Rose was a defenseman, where clearly the kid has been a forward all of his life... A fan noted, translated from French, maybe an intern was on the job and forgot to do some research before posting the welcoming words on Twitter.
We don't know how De La Rose feels about the embarrassing mistake... but one thing is sure, the kid probably does not want to be used on the back end.
Many people expected De La Rose to be demoted to the Laval Rocket in the American Hockey League, however, it seems like the Red Wings did not want to pass up the opportunity to land an offensive boost as they are still looking for their first win of the 2018-19 season. Some other insiders expected him to land with the Nashville Predators, seeing that close friend Filip Forsberg, with whom he spent the summer practicing and perfecting his game, in his Music City. However, it appeared almost impossible since the Predators are lucky to be able to count on great depth down the middle, with Ryan Johansen, Kyle Turris, Nick Bonino and Colton Sissons already in place to provide an offensive boost at centre.
It seems like it's a new start in Hockey Town instead. However, let's hope De La Rose gets quickly acquainted with his new team and can make it clear he is to be used up front to boost the offense.