In the days leading up to the trade deadline, the main sorepoints for the Canadiens were their penalty killing, faceoffs and lack of depth on defence, exacerbated by the Raphael Diaz concussion. Canadiens general manager solved the faceoff/penalty killing issue when he picked up Jeff Halpern off the waiver wire.
Monday he solved the defence depth situation by acquiring defenceman Davis Drewiske from the Los Angeles Kings in return for a 5th round draft pick.
That’s three issues settled at a total cost to the organization of one 5th round draft pick.
Drewiske, who played in 20 games for Los Angeles this season, became expendable when the Kings traded for Robyn Regehr earlier this week.
They faced asking waivers on Drewiske or trading him. The Canadiens came knocking.
Drewiske is 6’1″ 220 pounds. Scouting reports list him as a physical stay-at-home defenceman which seems to fit in to the Canadiens need for a regular partner for Francis Bouillon.
He played college hockey with Wisconsin and, at age 28, has been in the Kings organization for five years with 126 NHL games to his credit. In his 20 games this season he had a goal and 3 assists and is plus-3. He has 13 hits and 19 blocked shots. When he has played, Drewiske has averaged 14:28 ice time. His contract, worth 650-thousand dollars, expires at the end of the season.
Drewiske made You Tube on February 2nd against Anaheim when he took a puck to the face off a Bobby Ryan pass and left the ice bleeding with 7:38 remaining in the game. He returned to the ice three minutes later. Here’s the video
Here is Drewiske’s only goal this season, February 11th at St. Louis.