Hamilton Bulldogs captain Gabriel Dumont joined the Canadiens at practice Wednesday morning and accompanied the team to New York for their scheduled game against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden Thursday.
Dumont was recalled from the Bulldogs following the 3-2 win over Dallas Tuesday which would seem to indicate that P.A. Parenteau’s concussion issues are not going away soon.
To outsiders it appeared, rightly or wrongly that, after three years with the Bulldogs the Canadiens had left Dumont on the fringes of their future plans and he might be projected as a career AHLer.
Despite his size and a lack of true scoring touch, he has always been a gritty, in-your-face kind of player with a high compete-level; traits which always get high marks from not only Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin but also head coach Michel Therrien. For all of those reasons he was named captain of the Bulldogs in September. Dumont has team-leading 12 goals plus 15 assists in 40 games in Hamilton which means he’s on his way to his best season in his four year professional career.
Now the question is, where does Dumont fit with the Canadiens?
Although he can play on the wing, Bulldogs coach Sylvain Lefebvre has used Dumont mostly at centre this season. In Montreal, fourth line centre Manny Malhotra has brought some good things to the table this year, but point production isn’t one of them. It’s possible that Michel Therrien is looking for a little more offensive presence from his fourth line against the Rangers. If so, we might see a fourth line of Dumont, Christian Thomas and Michael Bournival Thursday night.