| | Ron Hainsey, the Canadiens’ first round pick in last years’ draft, was signed to a 3-year contract. He will report to the AHL’s Quebec Citadelles immediately, in order to begin an AHL amateur try-out.Formerly of U Mass-Lowell, Ron Hainsey is the popular choice as the Canadiens’ top prospect. He played consistently well all season, going no more than 2 straight games without a point. He registered 16 points in his first 10 games, and was named Hockey East’s player of the week for the week ending November 12th.The 6’3″, 194 lbs. Hainsey has played 33 games. He has 36 points (10-26-36), with 51 minutes in penalties. Six of his goals were scored on the powerplay, while 1 was scored short-handed. He had point-scoring streaks of 4 games on two different occasions, as well as one streak of 3 straight games with at least 1 point.Hainsey also played for the US squad in the World Junior Championships. He had a strong tournament, as he put his puck movement skills on display. He played 7 games, helping the US finish with a 5-2 record; Good enough for 5th place. He had 5 points (0-5-5), and was +3 with 2 minutes in penalties. He finished 3rd overall in scoring among defensemen, and registered 14 shots on net during the tournament.Hainsey has all the skills to be an NHL regular. He must however increase his upper body strength. A jump to the NHL next season would be an incredible achievement. However he does have the skills to compete at the AHL level.
Hab you Heard?Francois Beauchemin, the Habs’ 3rd round pick in the ’98 Entry Draft was not named to the Citadelles’ playoff roster. He is however still practicing with Quebec, and can re-join the team if a defenseman is injured.Feel free to e-mail me with any questions or comments. Just click on my name at the top of this page. I am a former goaltender with writing, scouting, and coaching experience.