On March first Canadiens draft choice Tim Bozon was admitted to Saskatoon hospital with bacterial meningitis. He spent the better part of the month in an induced coma while his body fought off the disease. Friday night in Quebec City Bozon will be in the lineup against the Colorado Avalanche, his first appearance in a game since coming down with the illness. Bozon is expected to play on a line with centre Gabriel Dumont and rookie right winger Nick Sorkin. In the 69 junior games he played last season before he came down with the disease, Bozon scored 36 goals and 91 points. The Canadiens selected him 64th overall in the 2012 NHL entry draft.
The team the Canadiens will ice at the Colisée Friday night that will look more like the 2014-2015 Hamilton Bulldogs than the team that will open their season October 8th in Toronto. The only team regulars making the trip were David Desharnais and Brandon Prust. The other NHL ‘veterans’ will be goaltender Joey MacDonald, defensemen Francis Bouillon and Tom Gilbert plus forward T.J. Hensick.
Canadiens Lineup in Quebec City
Goaltenders – Joey MacDonald, Dustin Tokarski.
…..The Canadiens continue to build a solid book on their first round draft pick Nikita Scherbak before he is returned to Everett of the Western Hockey League. Scherbak is the only member of the team to appear in all three exhibition games. He was also in three of the four inter squad games.
…..Lars Eller skated with his teammates Friday morning in Brossard. It was his first appearance with his teammates since he suffered a “lower body” injury during last Saturday’s scrimmage.
…..It has been confirmed that forward Michael McCarron suffered a shoulder separation in Tuesday’s game against Boston. He has now been assigned to his London Knights junior team where he will continue the six week rehabilitation process.
….This will be the final NHL affiliated event in the sixty-five year old Quebec Colisée. The new 400-million dollar Quebecor Amphitheatre is due to be open next year at this time.
…..Former Canadien Ryan White has undergone surgery for a torn pectoralis (chest) muscle and will miss the next five months. White signed a one-year two-way free agent contract with Philadelphia in the off season. The injury occured during an August off-ice workout in Brandon Manitoba.