Habs’ Development Camp (Day 7)

By Chris Boucher
André Savard was the only instructor on the ice, as the Habs’ Prospects camp continued Wednesday. Groin problems remain the injury of choice for many of the players, as Éric Chouinard became the latest in a list of seven players that have suffered some sort of groin injury during camp.

Chouinard however was the first player on the ice, testing out the groin injury he suffered in Tuesday’s on-ice session. He was skating quite gingerly, and ended up leaving the ice just 30 minutes into practice. Alexander Buturlin also seemed to suffer an injury during today’s practice. At one point, while the rest of the players continued the drill, he skated off to the corner in order to do some stretching exercises.

Add Ron Hainsey to the list of missing. Hainsey was not on the ice Wednesday morning, as he’s now returned to school. Fellow first-rounder Marcel Hossa, and ninth-rounder Jerome Marois, continue to receive treatment for their injuries. There was however, some good news on the injury front, as Dusty Jamieson made his first on-ice appearance of the year. Jamieson showed no signs of his injury. In fact, he demonstrated good speed, and some solid puck-handling skills.

Evan Lindsay also returned to the ice, as did Jean-Francois Houle. Lindsay didn’t look very comfortable on the ice. He seemed to favour his groin, hesitating to drop down to his knees. Preferring instead to remain on his feet, relying mostly on his hands and legs to stop shots.

Michael Ryder looked very good today. He showed great speed, especially when carrying the puck. He looked at ease using his speed to beat defensemen to the outside. Andrei Markov continued to put his skills on display. However, he did look disinterested during some of the drills. He doesn’t show the same work-ethic of some of the other players. Particularly players like Ben Guité, Francois Beauchemin, and Marc-André Thinel. The on-ice sessions continue Thursday morning.

Prospect of the Day:

Michael Ryder (F) 6'0/187 31/3/80 D-Mtl98(8/216)

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