The Canadiens cut twenty-three players from their training camp roster yesterday. Twenty-one were sent to the Hamilton Bulldogs camp and two (Louis Leblanc and Jarred Tinordi) were returned to their junior clubs.
Thirty-one players remain when the team goes back to work tomorrow. Five are injured, including defensemen Andrei Markov and Roman Hamrlik. That leaves 26 players trying for a spot on the 23 man season opening lineup.
The Depth Chart –
LW Centre RW
57-Benoit Pouliot 11-Scott Gomez 21-Brian Gionta
12-Michael Cammalleri 14-Tomas Plekanec 46-Andrei Kostitsyn
32-Travis Moen 81-Lars Eller 40-Maxim Lapierre
52-Mathieu Darche 15-Jeff Halpern 53-Ryan White
94-Tom Pyatt 17-Dustin Boyd
Injured Forwards– 67-Max Pacioretty, 55 Hunter Bishop, 49 Ryan Russell
With Pacioretty, Bishop, and Russell out of the picture because of injuries, fifteen players are left to compete for 13 forward positions. Although listed as centres, Jeff Halpern and Lars Eller can play on the wing. Eller has been used solely as a left or right winger in his three exhibition game starts. He’s likely to wind up there when the season begins. Ben Maxwell is destined for Hamilton along with Pacioretty, Russell and Bishop when their injuries are healed. Unless GM Pierre Gauthier makes some kind of deal, so is Ryan White despite an excellent training camp
Defense Left Right
75-Hal Gill 26-Josh Gorges
6-Jaroslav Spacek 20-Ryan O’Byrne
43-Alexandre Picard 76-P.K. Subban
24-Alex Henry 68-Yannick Weber
Injured Defensemen – 79-Andrei Markov, 44-Roman Hamrlik
The team will be without Markov for the entire month of October and who knows when Roman Hamrlik’s knee will be strong enough to begin practice. Big Alex Henry is too slow to play in the NHL. If the team carries seven on defense, first in line to replace Markov will probably be Alexandre Picard and, if Hamrlik can’t start the season, Yannick Weber will probably stay in Montreal as well.
Goaltenders 31-Carey Price
Sanford will be the odd man out again.