Rookie Camp Preparations On The Way

By JD Lagrange – Fans are chomping at the bit to see their loved ones on the ice and the wait is almost over. After a couple of shortened off-seasons due to a hectic COVID schedules, things are back to normal and this off-season seems longer than usual. It is particularly true in Montreal as the Canadiens were eliminated from even a chance at the post-season activities early last season.

But rest assured, Habs’ fans, your wait is almost over. The Baby-Canadiens will be participating in a rookies’ tournament in Buffalo. The Prospects Challenge features rookies from six NHL clubs: the Canadiens, the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the New Jersey Devils, the Ottawa Senators, and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Prospects will be reporting to rookie camp on Wednesday, September 14th and the games will start the next day. Here’s the Canadiens’ schedule:

Thursday, Sept.15SabresCanadiens7:00 pm
Friday, Sept.16CanadiensDevils7:00 pm
Sunday, Sept.18SenatorsCanadiens12:00 pm

All games will be played at the Sabres’ practice facility (LECOM Harborcenter), which is attached to their main rink at KeyBank Center.

While the roster hasn’t been released, we can anticipate seeing the team’s top prospects in action. Juraj Slafkovsky and Filip Mesar should be there, as should Xavier Simoneau, Joshua Roy, Jan Mysak, Oliver Kapanen, Riley Kidney, and Arber Xhekaj as well. Kaiden Guhle and Logan Mailloux, who missed the Canadiens’ development camp due to injuries, should also be present if healthy.

Only a couple more weeks folks… it’s coming.

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Garrioch: Sens Willing To Trade Pick #7 – Habs Interested

Ottawa Sun reporter Bruce Garrioch reports that the Ottawa Senators’ GM Pierre Dorion is willing to trade the team’s first round pick, which is pick number seven at this year’s NHL Draft. Garrioch suggests that Dorion is looking for a right winger to dive play with Tim Stutzle, or a right-handed defenseman.

In his press conference yesterday, Canadiens’ GM Kent Hughes said that he would like to move up in the draft from his second first round pick (#26 from Calgary).

This wouldn’t be an easy trade to complete since we’re talking about two division rivals. But it doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. The Canadiens have Jeff Petry as a top-4 defenseman on the trade block but he has a 15 teams no-trade list. As he wants to go back to the US, you can pretty much bet that Ottawa is likely on his list. So if such a trade is consumed, you might want to look on right wing as the name of Josh Anderson has been in the rumour mill for some time now. But then again, the Canadiens would have to face the Powerhorse in division games…

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