The Hamilton Bulldogs are finally home from their nine game-18 day road trip and within a point of being eliminated from the Calder Cup playoffs. The Bulldogs have three games remaining on their schedule and trail the Rochester Americans by five points in the AHL Western conference going into their weekend schedule that will see them host Rochester Saturday night and then conclude their season with games next week at Cleveland and at home against Syracuse.
With three games remaining in their season and trailing Rochester by five points for the final Western Conference playoff berthThursday the Canadiens returned goaltender Dustin Tokarski to the Bulldogs. Tokarski was Peter Budaj’s backupo Wednesday night in Chicago while Carey Price was given the night off.
At the same time forward Jack Nevins was assigned to Hamilton by Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin and forward Jordan Owens was released from his try-out contract and returned to the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL.
Liking his toughness, the Canadiens signed Nevins to a three year contract in December. As an overage junior, he divided his last junior season between the Charlottetown Islanders, where he was team captain and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL. Between the two clubs the 6’2” 199lb. Nevins scored 19 goals and 48 points in 64 regular season games and added 5 goals and 3 assistgs in 9 playoff games. Nevins has had a checkered junior career. He has played for five junior teams in two leagues in three seasons. Before joining the QMJHL he played for Sarnia, Kingston and London of the OHL. The London Knights released him and he was passed over by the rest of the OHL, allowing him to join Charlottetown in November of 2012.
The Bulldogs now have four graduating players under professional tryout contracts on their roster including Nevins, Brady Vail of Windsor and Connor Crisp of Sudbury of the OHL and University of New Hampshire graduate Nick Sorkin.
From the Canadiens Publicity Department –
MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General ManagerMarc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have assigned forward Jack Nevins to the Bulldogs, while the ‘Dogs have released forward Jordan Owens from his try out agreement. Nevins is expected to join the Bulldogs for practice on Friday, while Owens is scheduled to return to the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays.
Nevins has split this season between the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Charlottetown Islanders and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. In 41 regular season games with Charlottetown, the Stittsville, Ontario native recorded 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) and 98 penalty minutes. In 23 regular season games with Rouyn-Noranda, the 6’2”, 199-pound forward recorded 12 points (five goals, seven assists) and 61 penalty minutes, then in nine playoff games with the Huskies, he recorded eight points (five goals, three assists) and 14 penalty minutes.
In 115 career QMJHL regular season games with the Prince Edward Island Rocket, Islanders and Huskies from 2012-2014, the 20-year-old recorded 63 points (27 goals, 36 assists) and 262 penalty minutes. Before joining the Rocket in 2012, Nevins played in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sarnia Sting, Kingston Frontenacs and London Knights from 2011-2012. In 61 career OHL regular season games, he recorded 11 points (five goals, six assists) and 85 penalty minutes. He was signed by the Canadiens to a three-year contract on December 3rd, 2013.
Owens has split this season between the Bulldogs and Stingrays. In 26 games with Hamilton, the Toronto, Ontario native recorded six points (one goal, five assists) and 30 penalty minutes. In 17 games with South Carolina, the 6’0”, 189-pound forward has recorded 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) and eight penalty minutes.
In 337 career AHL regular season games with the Hartford Wolf Pack, Grand Rapids Griffins, Connecticut Whale and Bulldogs, the 27-year-old has recorded 117 points (38 goals, 79 assists) and 377 penalty minutes. Owens was originally signed by the Bulldogs to a try out agreement on November 28th, 2013.