BROSSARD, QC. — The final day of the 2014 Montreal Canadiens Development Camp consisted a three period scrimmage between the team’s prospects. The prospects were greeted by a full house of fans at the Bell Sports Complex, host of this week’s camp. That’s right, the rink was packed on a sunny Friday morning in July! This city loves its team. After the team photo and warm ups, 41 of 51 players invited to camp played in the scrimmage. Team A went on to easily beat Team B, by a score of 8-2.
- Jiri Sekac was the best player on the ice. Even though he did not score, his level of play was superior than the rest of the players on the ice. He played great both sides of the ice. His linemate Sven Andrighetto is quick on his skates and was involved in every shift. Jacob De La Rose played well but was not as visible as he should have been considering that there is a open spot with the NHL team up for grabs in training camp.
- Charles Hudon was also impressive. He scored two goals and also also had a couple more scoring chances on which he wasn’t able to capitalize. His second goal was a one-handed shot that beat Hayden Hawkey top corner on the glove side.
- Patrick Holland scored a pair of goals for Team A. He seemed to have good chemistry with his linemates Mark MacMillan and Christian Thomas. Thomas setup Holland’s second goal with a beautiful pass from behind the net in the first period.
- Canadiens first round draft pick Nikita Scherbak seemed nervous to start off the game as he was not able to control routine passes but the nerves went away as the game progressed. Scherbak ended up having a great game.
- Michael McCarron was the biggest player on the ice. He played well but I was expecting more from him considering his linemate Charles Hudon played an amazing game.
- Zachary Fucale was in goal for Team A during the second half of the game. He didn’t face many difficult shots but he did look bad in the only goal he allowed as a Andrighetto shot from the corner of the rink went through the goaltender before knocking it in to his own goal.
- Bokondji Imama, an invited player, threw several body checks throughout the entire scrimmage.
- Dylan Corson, son of former Habs winger Shayne Corson, and Stefano Momesso, son of former Habs player Sergio Momesso, played together on Team A’s fourth line. Shayne and Sergio were teammates from 1985-88.
Team A (White):
Scherbak – Hudon – McCarron
Holland – MacMillan – Thomas
Nevins – Highmore – McNally
Momesso – Goulet – Corson
Wardley – Didier
Federico – Makowski
Bobyk – Ellis
Team B (Red):
De La Rose – Audette – Sekac
Sorkin – Andrighetto – Grégoire
Szmatula – Anas – Padakin
Imama – Ranger – Schmalz
Bennett – Koberstein
Crevier-Morin – Lernout
Curcuruto – Muto
Team A: 8 Scorers: Hudon (2), Holland (2), Thomas, Nevins, Didier (2)
Team B: 2 Scorers: Szmatula, Andrighetto