The Montreal Canadiens have released the roster for the Hamilton Bulldogs training camp.
This includes AHL veterans Fredric St. Denis, Aaron Palushaj and Cedric Desjardins have, as promised, signed AHL contracts to play in Hamilton and avoid NHL waiver eligibility.
Players Under Contract
The contracted forwards have long been expected to be with Hamilton right now, its the tryout players that are of some interest.
Probably the best current player here is AHL/NHL veteran RW Michel Ouellet. He scored 16 goals and 32 points in 55 games (.58 PPG) last season with the AHL champions Norfolk. Ouellet was an offensive talent without a good well rounded game that was most known for a stint as a top six winger in Pittsburgh when they were known for have elite centers and no talent on the wing. Its probably a sign of the greater talent of AHL during the lockout that he didn’t manage an AHL contract instead of a tryout.
Spencer Bennett is a big (6’04″) left wing drafted out of the WHL by the Calgary Flames organization that didn’t play much last year. I believe he played 9 games with a tryout contract in Abbotsford and wasn’t retained. When perhaps the worst prospect system in the league cuts a player you know he’s a long shot to make the NHL.
Kyle Rank is another AHL veteran that has only played 2 games in the past 2 years and seems to be attempting to become a professional hockey player again with Hamilton.
Bobby Farnham is a former NCAA player that couldn’t stick with Providence or Worchester last season in the AHL (2 3 games stints).
Stephen MacAulay is an un-remarkable QMJHL player looking to turn pro.
Zack Torquato is a former Red Wing prospect that played in the East Coast Hockey League.
The one player here that might have an NHL future is Brendan Ranford, who had a solid career in the WHL but not signed by the Philadelphia Flyers, rumour has it for attitude problems.
Antione Corbin and Kevin Gagne are 20 year old CHL defensemen without an NHL team looking for a pro contract.
Cody Wild and Sebastian Owuya are ECHL/AHL players their teams (Jets and Oilers) have given up on.
Cody Reichard is a NCAA goaltender with a few good seasons with Miami (Ohio) University while Scott Darling is a goaltender that couldn’t crack an ECHL lineup last year. Both are probably just shooting practice material for the Bulldogs.