Habs open rookie development camp

By Chris Boucher
The Canadiens opened their annual rookie development camp on Monday. Unlike last year, when the team chose to invite mostly signed, or drafted prospects, the Habs chose instead to invite fifteen non-property invitees (16 if we include Dusty Jamieson) to go along with sixteen prospects who are already considered Montreal property.

Here’s a quick look at the three goalies, seven defensemen, and five forwards who the Habs hope to have a solid look at during the 11-day camp.

Goaltenders

Luc Belanger

The top goaltender in the CIAU last season. He recorded a 1.91 GAA, and a .931 save percentage to go along with 5 shutouts in 18 games. He finished with a 15-0-2 record, and led UQTR to the CIAU Men’s Championship.

Adam Russo

An 18 year-old QMJHL rookie who recorded a 3.25 GAA, and a .891 save percentage in 35 games with Acadie-Bathurst. Finished with a 15-13-2 record.

Olivier Michaud

A 17 year-old QMJHL rookie who recorded a 2.96 GAA, and a .882 save percentage in 21 games with Shawinigan. Finished with a 12-4-4 record.

Skaters

Jeff Beatch (6’5″, 188 lbs.)

The 20 year-old defenseman recorded 11 points (2-9-11) in 71 games with Seattle of the WHL. He finished the season +1, with 67 minutes in penalties.

Mike Colgan (6’3″, 204 lbs.)

The 21 year-old defenseman recorded 13 points (1-12-13) in 41 games during his senior season with Colorado College of the WCHA. He finished the season with 20 minutes in penalties.

Kevin Dallman (5’11”, 186 lbs.)

The 20 year-old defenseman recorded 77 points (25-52-77) in 66 games with the Guelph Storm of the OHL. He finished the season +23, with 88 minutes in penalties.

Jean-Francois David (6’1″, 177 lbs.)

The 19 year-old defenseman recorded 52 points (14-38-52) in 65 games with Shawinigan of the QMJHL. He finished the season +26, with 160 minutes in penalties.

Mathieu Dumas (6’0″, 188 lbs.)

The 18 year-old defenseman recorded 38 points (5-33-38) in 71 games with Cape Breton of the QMJHL. He finished his rookie season +5, with 79 minutes in penalties.

Frédéric Faucher (6’1″, 196 lbs.)

The 18 year-old winger recorded 68 points (33-35-68) in 58 games with Drummondville of the QMJHL. He finished the season -8, with 82 minutes in penalties.

Francois Fortier (5’11”, 194 lbs.)

The 21 year-old winger combined for 18 points (7-11-18) in 56 games with Quebec and Hartford of the AHL. He finished the season +1, with 25 minutes in penalties.

Maxime Fortunas (5’10’, 180 lbs.)

The 18 year-old defenseman recorded 41 points (10-31-41) in 71 games with Baie Comeau of the QMJHL. He finished the season +24, with 106 minutes in penalties.

Jeff Hadley (6’2″, 195 lbs.)

The 18 year-old defenseman recorded 8 points (1-7-8) in 55 games with Quebec of the QMJHL. He finished his rookie season -14, with 283 minutes in penalties.

Pierre-Luc Laprise (6’1″, 180 lbs.)

The 19 year-old winger recorded 51 points (20-31-51) in 71 games with Cape Breton of the QMJHL. He finished the season -8, with 85 minutes in penalties.

Christopher Montgomery (5’11”, 181 lbs.)

The 18 year-old center recorded 69 points (23-46-69) in 69 games with Montreal of the QMJHL. He finished the season -44, with 30 minutes in penalties.

Alexandre Tremblay (5’10”, 180 lbs.)

The 21 year-old forward was named the OUA Rookie of the year, as well as league MVP. He helped UQTR win the CIAU Championship, scoring 53 points (29-24-53) in 24 games. Tremblay finished 2nd in league scoring, and registered at least one point in each of his team’s 24 games. His 29 goals were an all-time team record for rookies.

Click on the Canadiens’ logo at the top left of the page to see a listing of the Habs’ top prospects. Including biographical information, and up-to-date stats.

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