It’s been a “crazy last day” for right winger Christian Thomas.
Thomas, who joins 55 other players for Montreal Canadiens development camp this week, was informed by his dad, former NHLer Steve Thomas, that the Habs had picked him up from the Rangers in a trade that sent Danny Kristo to New York.
“I woke up from a nap after a training day in New York,” said Thomas “I had a phone call from my dad. He asked me if I had figured out that I had been traded. I had no clue what was going on. He told me I was traded to Montreal.”
Thomas got the news yesterday at 5 p.m. At nine o’clock he was on a plane. And today he reported for duty at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.
Steve Thomas had 10, 20-goal seasons under his belt when he called it a career in 2003-04. Does Christian see himself following in his father’s footsteps?
Listen in as reporters spoke to Christian following this morning’s dry-land session at Brossard.
The 14 Canadiens’ prospects didn’t have to do the “beep” test today during the morning dry-land session at the team’s development camp. And that suits defenceman Mac Bennett just fine.
“The beep test is probably the most miserable thing you’ll ever have to experience,” said Bennett after the morning on-ice session. “You have to follow a beep when you run and it gets shorter and shorter. You push yourself into exhaustion!”
Bennett, who calls himself “the old guy of the camp,” feels his game has improved since he first took to the ice at a Habs’ development camp.
“I think this is my third camp. I come here every year and learn something new every year.
Bennett said has put on some weight and developed some speed since the Canadiens first saw him. “I think I am elevating my game in Michigan,” he added.
Bennett, who hails from Narraganasett, RI, has two more years of college hockey left at the University of Michigan, where he was paired up with another Habs’ prospect, Greg Pateryn.
“He was a really good partner for me to have. He would always be my anchor when I jumped up into the play.”
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Fourteen Habs’ prospects will be back on the ice this morning at around 10:15 a.m. EDT for the start of Day 2 at development camp. Click on the link below to follow the live stream of this morning’s action on the ice from Brossard.
Alex Galchenyuk looks at this three-day Montreal Canadiens development camp as a learning experience.
“I’m here just being the player I am — learning and training to become a better player.” said Galchenyuk following a morning dry-land session at Brossard, and before the 14 prospects took to the ice for a late-afternoon session at the Canadiens’ practice facility.
Galchenyuk will wear number 27 during development came — because it was a number that happened to be available. Could we see number 27 on the ice when regular training camp breaks and the Canadiens are set to open the season?
“There are three months to go before training camp, it’s a long summer,” said Galchenyuk. I’m just working day to day and I’ll see where it takes me.”
I asked Galchenyuk how his life has changed since the Canadiens made him their first-round pick earlier this month in Pittsburgh: He talked about the excitment of being part of the most historic team in the NHL. “I’m really proud of it,” he added.
“And I have more Twitter followers.”
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW WITH ALEX GALCHENYUK HERE:
The Canadiens have signed hard-luck, gritty forward Ryan White to a one-year deal worth $687,500.
White spent the last month in Montreal. I caught up to him at the Winnipeg airport as he was making his way back to his off-season home in Brandon, Manitoba.
“It feels great,” said White. “I’m excited to be back with the Montreal Canadiens. It’s another opportunity to show what I can do.”
White missed most of last season after suffering a sports hernia at training camp. However, he was able to come back for the final 20 games of the season, chipping in with three assists.
“It was tough,” said White. “It was definitely a learning year for me. At the end of the season it was nice to get back and play.”
White said on the mental side of things, the injury made him stronger as a person and a player and will make him a little hungrier on the ice.
“I want to have a good showing this year and play 80 games — show everyone I can do it.”
Meanwhile, the Canadiens have announced that 14 players have been invited to take part in phase two of development camp, Thurs.-Sat. at Brossard.
Centre Alex Galchenyuk will be among those on hand. He was Montreal’s first-round pick, third overall, in this month’s NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh.
All on-ice sessions are open to the public.
Listen to the complete Ryan White interview here:
The Montreal Canadiens announced today that 32 players will participate in the first of two development camp sessions, set to take place from June 13-16, at the Bell Sports Complex, in Brossard. All on-ice sessions are open to the public.
The list of participating prospects includes several players drafted by the organization, players from the Hamilton Bulldogs as well as players invited as try-outs.
The second part of the development camp, to include players to be selected at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft scheduled for June 22-23 in Pittsburgh, will take place from June 28-30, also at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. The first edition of the Canadiens development camp was held in 2001.
The Canadiens prospects will first take to the ice for technical drills on Wednesday, June 13, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. The development camp session consists of two on-ice sessions and evaluations daily on both ice surfaces at the Bell Sports Complex (8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.). Off-ice conditioning sessions and seminars are also scheduled each day.
Nineteen of the 32 players at camp are Canadiens draft selections, including the club’s first selections from the past four NHL Entry Drafts: Nathan Beaulieu (2011), Jarred Tinordi (2010), Louis Leblanc (2009) and Danny Kristo (2008).
The Montreal Canadiens have announced that 11 players will participate in the second part of the Club’s development camp, set to take place from July 6-8, at the Bell Sports Complex, in Brossard.
The list of participating prospects includes all seven (7) players selected at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft which was held last June in Minnesota, three prospects from the organization as well as one player invited as a try-out.
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