With today’s promotion of defenseman Brendon Nash, the Canadiens have five rookies on their roster. Defenseman Brendon Nash was called up as a possible roster replacement for Jaroslav Spacek, who will be a gametime decision after skipping the morning skate. 

Nash has been a quick study. The 6’3” 210 pound defenseman is another product of the Canadiens scouting department. Nash signed a contract as an undrafted free agent after four years with Cornell University, alma mater of Ryan O’Byrne (as well as Ken Dryden). Like O’Byrne, he’s a product of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League.

Whether he plays tonight it will likely be a gametime decision depending on Spacek’s health. 

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Since the start of the season, the Canadiens have called Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais, Yannick Weber and Nash from their Hamilton farm club. They join rookies Lars Eller and P.K. Subban who made the team out of training camp.

From the Canadiens Publicity Department

The Montreal Canadiens announced today that defenseman Brendon Nash has been called up from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. Nash will join the Canadiens in Montreal, for tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres, at the Bell Centre.

The 23 year old, 6’03’’, 210 lbs defenseman has recorded 23 points (3 goals, 20 assists) in 50 games with the Bulldogs this season. His three goals have all been scored on the power play. He registered 53 shots on goal and served 41 penalty minutes. Nash is tied for second on the Bulldogs with a +12 differential.

In his last season at Cornell University in 2009-10, Nash led all team defensemen in scoring with 19 points in 33 games (2 goals, 17 assists) and served 48 penalty minutes. He recorded a total of 67 points (8 goals, 59 assists) and 173 penalty minutes in four full seasons with Cornell. From 2004 to 2006, Nash registered 60 points (9 goals, 51 assists) in 112 regular season games with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League).

A native of Kamloops, BC, Nash signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on March 30, 2010. He participated in the Canadiens’ development camp, as well as the rookie camp and the team official training camp in 2010, from which he was released on September 27, after posting a 1-1-2 record in two games