More recent Hab happenings

By Chris Boucher
With the lull that usually takes place between the Rookie Development camp and the upcoming prospect tournament almost over, it’s time to update fans on the most recent happenings related to Hab-Land.

Where are they now?

Four former prospects who were let go, or lost by the Canadiens have received invitations to other NHL camps. Sean Dixon (6th round, 1999), who the Habs were unable to sign by the June 1st deadline of this year will be skating with Dallas during their upcoming camp. Terry Ryan (1st round, 1995), who remains an unrestricted free-agent was also invited to Dallas’ camp. The Stars’ camp begins September 11th.

Tyler Hanchuk (3rd round, 2000), who the Habs lost when they did not tender him a contract by the June 1st deadline was invited to Edmonton’s upcoming training camp. The Oilers’ camp officially begins September 8th.

Matt Carkner (2nd round, 1999), who like Dixon was lost when the Habs were unable to sign him by the June 1st deadline will be at the San Jose Sharks training camp. The Sharks signed Carkner quickly after he became an unrestricted free agent. The Sharks’ camp opens September 12th.

On the Farm

The Quebec Citadelles have invited both Mario Joly, and Sebastien Thinel to their upcoming training camp. Joly and Thinel are members of the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts, and will play in the Q if they don’t stick with the Citadelles.

Thinel is the 6’0″, 170-lbs. twin brother of Habs’ prospect Marc-AndrĂ© Thinel. Both brothers played with Victoriaville last season. Sebastien played 72 QMJHL games last season. He registered 118 points (45-73-118), while picking up 84 penalty minutes and finishing with an impressive plus/minus rating of +56.

Joly is a 6’4″, 222-lbs. right defenseman. He played last season with Hull, where he registered 30 points (7-23-30) in 60 games. Although his mobility is less than stellar (-6 last season), Joly is not afraid to drop the gloves. He registered an impressive 310 penalty minutes last season.

In other news, the Citadelles signed winger Jonathan Beaulieu, and defenseman Jayme Filipowicz to contracts. Beaulieu is a 5’10”, 177-lbs. winger who played with the QMJHL’s Rimouski Oceanic last season. In 41 games he registered 55 points (14-41-55), and was -13 with 178 penalty minutes.

Filipowicz is a 6’2″, 212-lbs. defenseman who played with the IHL’s Milwaukee Admirals last season. Signed by Nashville as a free agent in 1999, Filipowicz played 68 IHL games last season. He registered 13 points (0-13-13) to go along with 101 minutes in penalties.

Over in Europe

Andrei Bashkirov has officially signed with Lausanne, while Alexander Buturlin has signed with Salavat Yuleyev. Buturlin’s signing will allow him to continue his education while attempting to regain the form that has seemingly eluded him since his arrival in North America. Many Russian observers feel Buturlin’s game has suffered rather than improved since he left Russia in 1999.

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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