The Canadiens have all but emptied their vault of prospects as the injury list continues to grow.
Sunday they announced that rookie defenseman Ryan Johnston and forward John Scott have been called up from the St. John’s IceCaps. When they play they will become the 45th and 46th players to play in a Canadiens game this season, equaling the record of the 2000-2001 season.
At the same time. after a nineteen game stint, Mike McCarron was returned to St. John’s. During his most recent stay with the club he scored his first career goal and recorded two points. He also had a minus-10 defensive rating.
The Canadiens acquired Scott from Arizona they stated that he was headed to St. John’s and would remain their through the rest of the season. Despite the questionable was he was handled, especially through the All-Star Game fiasco, Scott’s effort with the IceCaps was nothing short of exemplary. His recall might be reward for being a good soldier. With so many of the IceCaps defenders either injured or on recall to the parent club, Scott has been playing defense for the last three weeks.
Scott will wear #22 and Johnston #89.
Johnston will replace Brett Lernout who’s first NHL experience amounted to eight shifts before he suffered a lower body injury Saturday night against the Florida Panthers. The Canadiens are down to five defensemen again, so Johnston will undoubtedly be in uniform Tuesday night when the Canadiens play Florida again,. He will be the 15th defenseman to play in a Canadiens game this season, and the sixth to come up from the IceCaps.
The 5′ 10” Johnston was signed last summer as an undrafted free agent out of Colgate University. He started the season on the injury list after training camp back surgery. He joined St. John’s finally January 16th and in only 38 games he still leads all team defensemen with 14 assists.
Johnston comes from a hockey family. Five of his siblings also competed in NCAA hockey. His sister Rebecca played at Cornell and then went on to star with Canada’s National women’s team and won two Olympic gold medals.
The St. John’s IceCaps, who have been eliminated from the AHL playoffs, have four games remaining in their season. The Canadiens reassigned centre Daniel Audette to St. John’s from the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the QMJHL and signed Ottawa 67’s left winger Jeremiah Addison to a 25-game Amateur Tryout contract. Bpth are Canadiens draft choices, Audette was drafted in the fifth round in 2014 and Addison in the seventh round in 2015.
In 52 games this season Audette scored 27 goals and recorded 59 points. Addison scored 27 goals and 56 points in 66 games with Ottawa.