BROSSARD – After spending six days in Montreal, Canadiens prospects and invitees capped their Development Camp experience on Friday with one final intra-squad game before a large crowd at the Bell Sports Complex.
The tilt ended with Team A pulling off a convincing 8-2 win. Charles Hudon, Patrick Holland and Josiah Didier each scored twice, while Christian Thomas and Jack Nevins also lit the lamp. Sven Andrighetto and invitee Michael Szmatula scored the two goals for Team B. Team A fired 39 shots on goal, while Team B amassed 28 shots.
Team A’s netminders didn’t give Team B much of a chance on Friday as Zachary Fucale surrendered just one goal on 11 shots, while C.J. Motte only allowed one goal on nine shots. Hayden Hawkey gave up five goals on 17 shots in goal for Team B, while Jordan Papirny surrendered three goals on 20 shots.
Before leaving town, players met the media to discuss their Development Camp experience, with many of them noting that they still have plenty of work to do in order to crack the Canadiens’ roster.
“Everybody needs to get stronger, and I think that’s the key thing in my case,” affirmed Patrick Holland, who is currently playing with the Hamilton Bulldogs. “Consistency is something that I need to work on, too, and I’ll pay particular attention to that this year. I like to think that I have a lot of the skills, the vision and the hockey IQ out there, so it’s a matter of putting it together with intensity and consistency.”
Jacob De La Rose also spoke frankly about his experience.
“I had a good week here,” concluded De La Rose. “We had a lot of good players in town and we had good training sessions. I heard about the passion of fans in Montreal, so I expected to see many of them out there. It was great playing here.”
The prospects and invitees now return to their offseason activities while awaiting Rookie Camp in September, and, for some of them, the opportunity to participate in the Canadiens’ main training camp ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.
BROSSARD – Team B registered a 3-1 victory over Team A on Thursday afternoon in the latest intra-squad game at the Bell Sports Complex.
Team A rebounded in the shootout, however, posting a 2-0 win.
Invitee Alexandre Ranger lit the lamp first for Team B in the opening frame, before Michael McCarron tied the score 1-1 in the second period. Invitee Gianluca Curcuruto then capitalized on a power play opportunity to give Team B the lead, before Nick Sorkin wrapped up the scoring with an empty-netter.
Patrick Holland and Matthew Highmore each scored a goal for Team A during the shootout.
The Canadiens’ Development Camp comes to a close on Friday morning with another intra-squad game. Puck drop is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. EST.
Forwards: Corson Goulet, Highmore, Holland, Hudon, MacMillan, McCarron, McNally, Momesso Nevins, Scherbak, Thomas
Defensemen: Agosta, Bobyk, Ellis, Frederico, Makowski, Wardley
Goalies: Fucale, Motte
Forwards: Anas, Andrighetto, Audette, De La Rose, Grégoire, Imama, Padakin, Ranger, Sekac, Sorkin, Szmatula
Defensemen: Bennett, Crevier-Morin, Curcuruto, Koberstein, Lernout, Muto
Goalies: Hawkey, Papirny
BROSSARD – The Canadiens’ annual Development Camp continued on Thursday at the Bell Sports Complex. Prospects and invitees worked out for a fourth straight day since arriving in Montreal last weekend.
All players in attendance took part in a variety of training sessions both on and off the ice ahead of the third intra-squad game of the week.
Jacob De La Rose, who scored during the scrimmage on Wednesday, affirmed that scoring goals always feels good, even if it’s only in an exhibition tilt.
“It was my first scrimmage game, so it was really nice to get a goal,” offered De La Rose. “It’s always nice to score. I think everyone here wants to show how good they are. I’m just trying to play my best game. I’m always trying to score goals out there. I work hard and I try to do a good job every day.”
Zachary Fucale, who is currently in the midst of his second Development Camp experience, is trying to soak up as much as he can this time around.
“We’ve always got something to prove when we hit the ice. We all want to play professionally at one time or another, so we always have to hit the ice with a goal in mind and just play like we always play. During the week, we talk to all of the coaches and we learn. That helps our development.”
At 4 p.m. EST, players will hit the ice once again for another scrimmage, while a fourth intra-squad game will be held on Friday at 9:30 a.m. EST on the final day of Development Camp.
BROSSARD - Prospects and invitees took part in the second intra-squad game at the Canadiens’ Development Camp on Wednesday afternoon. Team A emerged victorious with a 2-1 overtime win.
Invitee Dylan Corson scored the first goal of the game late in the first period for Team A, before Jacob De La Rose responded in the second period for Team B. Invitee Alexandre Goulet gave Team A the win to finish off a fast and intense tilt.
Both teams headed to the locker room happy, however, as Team B claimed the shootout – held for fun – by a 2-1 score. De La Rose and Mac Bennett tallied for Team B, while Charles Hudon put on quite a stickhandling display when he lit the lamp for Team A’s only goal. For his part, Zachary Fucale made an outstanding save on Sven Andrighetto.
Players will be back in Brossard on Thursday for the fifth day of Development Camp. They will take part in off-ice training sessions in the morning, before hitting the ice for the third intra-squad game at 4 p.m. EST.
BROSSARD – The Canadiens’ annual Development Camp continued on Wedensday morning as prospects and invitees took part in off-ice training drills before meeting the media.
At 4 p.m., players in attendance will hit the ice at the Bell Sports Complex for the second intra-squad scrimmage of the week. For players, these simulated games are a good indicator of their progress and afford them the opportunity to showcase their skills to the Canadiens brass in game situations.
“It’s a development week. We’re here to develop,” affirmed Mac Bennett, who was selected 79th overall by the Canadiens in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. “This time around, we get to play games and it’s really helpful. We get to play again today, then tomorrow, and then on Friday, so you kind of get to see where you’re at in terms of your development. You come in hungry every time. I still feel like I have something to prove. With all of the coaches here, you can really pick everyone’s brain and ask questions like ‘What do I do in this situation?’ or ‘How should I do this?’ I think that’s really good for everyone.”
In addition to inviting players to their camp, the Canadiens also welcomed several QMJHL coaches as well, including Eric Veilleux of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and Dominic Ducharme of the Halifax Mooseheads, both of whom are coming across some familiar faces.
“We’ve got four guys here,” affirmed Veilleux proudly, referencing former Drakkar players Charles Hudon and Jeremy Gregoire, among others, both of whom were drafted by the Canadiens. “We’ve got Imma, too, and Ranger, who is going to Chicoutimi but still played with us for two years. It’s fun to see them go. It’s a good experience for them, too. It’s a special feeling to see these players suit up for the Montreal Canadiens.”
Ducharme shared similar sentiments as his coaching colleague.
“It’s an incredible experience being here,” offered Ducharme. “When you’re in the coaches’ room, we talk about preparing upcoming practices and what we’re looking to accomplish, but we also talk about a variety of situations we go through during the year. We’re always asking our players to challenge themselves, push their limits, and, for us, it’s the same thing as coaches.”
BROSSARD – The Canadiens’ annual Development Camp continued on Tuesday at the Bell Sports Complex. Prospects and invitees took part in on-ice testing from 10 a.m. until noon.
While no intra-squad game was scheduled in the afternoon, players boarded a bus for an undisclosed location to take part in team-building activities.
Martin Lapointe met with members of the media once all on-ice testing was completed.
“In general, there’s always progression [among players],” affirmed the Canadiens’ director of player development on the subject of the various tests players underwent over the course of the morning. “If you want to become a hockey player, the young guys know that they need to make sacrifices and the majority of them arrive ready for camp. Every year, we see progress.”
Forward Charles Hudon, who was selected in 2012 by the Canadiens, also discussed his progress with members of the media.
“I had to start at square one since last year because of my World Championship,” recalled Hudon. “I think my progress is better than before. I spoke with Martin Lapointe yesterday and again today to talk about my progress improving on daily basis. I’m really happy. I had a good intra-squad game on Monday. I liked my performance. It was the first time I’d ever been a centerman. It was stressful, but I’m proud of what I accomplished.”
The Development Camp continues on Wednesday when youngsters will once again be put to the test at the Bell Sports Complex before taking part in an intra-squad game at 4 p.m. EST.
Martin Lapointe meets with the media
Development Camp - Day 2 - Intra-Squad Game
Development Camp - Day 2
BROSSARD - Habs prospects and a few invitees took part in the first scrimmage at Canadiens Development Camp on Monday.
Team White came out on top by a score of 4-3 in a back-and-forth tilt at the Bell Sports Complex.
Danny Frederico, Stefano Momesso and Mark MacMillan scored Team White’s first three goals, before Justin Agosta netted the game-winner. Jiri Sekac scored twice for Team Red, before Michael McCarron scored his squad’s third goal.
The Development Camp will continue on Tuesday, while the next scrimmage will be held on Wednesday aftrernoon at 4 p.m. EST.
BROSSARD - The Canadiens’ annual Development Camp got underway for real on Monday morning as prospects took to the ice at the Bell Sports Complex to strut their stuff.
It was the first time members of the Canadiens’ 2014 draft class had the opportunity to show what they could do in Montreal. Nikita Scherbak and Daniel Audette were among those in attendance, and both were ecstatic about the week-long experience.
“I still can’t believe it sometimes,” affirmed Scherbak, who was the Habs’ first-round pick in 2014 at No. 26 overall. “It’s been a crazy day. It’s my dream to play in the NHL. Montreal is the best team in the NHL. The fans understand hockey. It’s great.”
Audette shared similar thoughts on Day 2.
“It’s a lot of fun to be out there on the ice with players who’ve already suited up for the Canadiens like Nathan Beaulieu and other good guys,” offered Audette, who was selected in the fifth-round of the NHL Draft a little over a week ago. “It’s a great experience to be with players like that, and to walk around in the Canadiens dressing room. My father told me to have fun, to take it all in, and showcase what I’m capable of doing on the ice.”
For Development Camp veterans, the time has come to prove that they’re ready to join the team for good in October. That’s what Nathan Beaulieu has in mind this time around on the strength of his impressive postseason performance.
“There are always opportunities and surprises at camp,” mentioned Beaulieu. “I just try to be a difference-maker on the ice. If an opportunity presents itself, I won’t let it slip through my fingers. I just need to prove that I’m ready to play.”
Jiri Sekac was also privy to a new experience on Monday after being acquired by Marc Bergevin when the free-agent market opened on July 1.
“I had a good season back home and I think that’s the reason why I received so many offers,” suggested the 22-year-old Czech forward, who registered 11 goals and 28 points in 47 games with Lev Prague in the KHL last season. “I came here to meet people and see how things work. Like many of the guys here, I hope I can be the guy to play for the Montreal Canadiens.”
The players will hit the ice once again on Monday, taking part in a scrimmage at 4 p.m. EST.