Friday, 12 September 2014

More observations before the 2014 Canadiens rookie camp.

A good overview of the Canadiens rookie camp before it plays out is offered by La Presse.

For those of us who don't parlent français, here are the broad strokes:

1)  Following up on a July article in which Tim Bozon said his goal was to recuperate enough to make it to the rookie camp, the Canadiens' winger is happy to have reached his goal.

2)  Suddenly there's a dearth of centremen in Hamilton, while two short seasons ago we were taking players like Louis Leblanc off centre and putting them on the wing, since there were too many.  Now, with just T.J. Hensick and Gabriel Dumont as natural centres, the coast is clear for Charles Hudon to continue at centre, after trying the position for the first time at the prospect development camp.

3)  Again we go over how Jiri Sekac, Jacob de la Rose and Sven Andrighetto might be called upon to fill the third-line winger spot.  The author is careful to mention that the solution might be to simply flip René Bourque over to right wing, and plug Michaël Bournival in on the left side.

4)  It's a make-or-break year for Patrick Holland and Christian Thomas, who underwhelmed in Hamilton and during callups last season.  It's noted that Patrick Holland isn't a Bergevin man, but rather was brought in by Pierre Gauthier in the Mike Cammalleri trade.

5)  Zachary Fucale's difficult end to his season last spring is discussed.  His junior coach Dominic Ducharme is not worried, saying he has played three impressive seasons since he started as a 16-year-old, long seasons that went deep in the playoffs, and it's normal that he may have sagged a bit.

6)  Players on tryout: Philippe Gadoury is noted, how he scored 20 goals in 19 games after joining the Mooseheads midway through the season, after playing Junior A.  Tyler Hill, a 6'5" Mike McCarron clone is also highlighted, and he had a difficult first year in the OHL after playing in the USHL.  Again like Mike McCarron.

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