With the Canadiens going through what seems to be an annual raft of injury problems, everyone on their Hamilton Bulldogs roster seems to be in line for a shot at their NHL roster.
Sunday, they sent defenseman Greg Pateryn back to the Bulldogs and called up veteran centre Martin St. Pierre. Not including Jarred Tinordi, who has been returned to the Bulldogs after starting the season with the Habs, the club has been forced to call up six players from their Bulldogs roster.
The 30 year old St. Pierre was named captain of the Bulldogs at the end of their training camp. Originally he had been signed by the Canadiens to act as a veteran presence on the young Bulldogs roster but he then caught everyone’s eye including that of the Canadiens coaching staff with a strong performance in training camp, which apparently hadn’t been forgotten.
In spite of missing three games with a lower body injury, St. Pierre shares the team lead in points with eight in seven games. He has been a career minor leaguer with 523 AHL games and only 38 games in the NHL.
With injuries piling up, since October first the Canadiens have along with St. Pierre called up defenceman Nathan Beaulieu five times, Greg Pateryn twice, forwards Mike Blunden, Patrick Holland plus Louis Leblanc who remains with the team.
To date the Canadiens have had nine players miss at least a game due to injuries totaling 80 man-games. Currently out with injury are LW-Travis Moen (IR-facial fracture); RW-Daniel Briere (IR-concussion); RW-Brandon Prust (IR-shoulder strain); D-Davis Drewiske (IR-shoulder surgery); D-Alexei Emelin (IR-knee surgery).