No surprises here. After assigning seventeen to their St. John’s IceCaps training camp on Saturday, the Canadiens assigned another nine players to their AHL affiliate training camp. The roster is now down to 31 with ten days remaining before the season opener in Toronto October 8th.
Four of the re-assigned players must clear waivers; forwards Gabriel Dumont, Christian Thomas, Bud Holloway plus defenseman Morgan Ellis.
Also sent to St. John’s are defensemen Joel Hanley and Darren Dietz as well as forwards Michael McCarron, Jeremy Gregoire and Daniel Carr.
Among the 31 remaining in camp, four are listed as injured including Max Pacioretty (knee); Michael Bournival (post concussion syndrome); Noah Juulsen (concussion) and Nikita Scherbak (ankle). Pacioretty, Juulsen and Scherbak are now practicing with the team.
Getting an extended look and still holding out hopes of cracking what increasingly appears to be a set Canadiens lineup are forwards Sven Andrighetto, Charles Hudon, Jarred Tinordi and goaltender Mike Condon.
Things can change over the next ten days, but assuming Pacioretty is ready for the season opener and Andrighetto, Hudon, Scherbak, Juulsen and Bournival eventually make their way to St. John’s, the Canadiens depth chart looks like this –
Left Centre Right
Eller Galchenyuk Semin
Pacioretty Plekanec Gallagher
Fleischmann Desharnais Weise
Flynn Mitchell Kassian
On The Edge – Smith-Pelly; de la Rose
(also still in camp -Andrighetto; Hudon; Scherbak; Bournival)
On The Edge – Barberio; Tinordi (also Juulsen)
The Canadiens play their fifth pre-season game Monday night in Quebec City vs. Pittsburgh and they are at home to Ottawa Tuesday. Their exhibition schedule wraps up next Saturday in Ottawa.
In another minor league development, the Canadiens and IceCaps signed centre Angelo Miceli to a one-year two-way AHL/ECHL contract. Miceli was in Canadiens development rookie and main camps on a professional tryout contract after a four season junior career at Victoriaville which was capped by a 96 point season in 2014-2015.