Apparently the Canadiens aren’t excited about what they’re seeing in either Tomas Kaberle or Yannick Weber since the pair was asked to fill in for the injured Raphael Diaz. (UPDATE-Weber suffered a knee injury in the second period against Carolina).
They have called up Greg Pateryn from the Hamilton Bulldogs. Since he came back from an early season fractured elbow, Pateryn has been the Bulldogs most consistent defenceman.
Pateryn’s rights were acquired from Toronto in the Mikhail Grabovski trade three years ago, a trade that has been seen to be lopsidedly in favour of the Leafs.
He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in kinesiology last spring. Pateryn will join the team in Tampa Friday.
One thing Pateryn will bring to the Canadiens is size. He’s a mature 6’2″ and 219 pounds.
Pateryn has seven points his last fourteen Bulldogs games.
From Canadiens Communications –
MONTREAL, QUE – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced todaythat the Canadiens have recalled defenceman Greg Pateryn from the Bulldogs.
Pateryn, 22, has played 22 games for the Bulldogs this season recording eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) and 15 penalty minutes. The native of Sterling Heights, Michigan played four seasons for the University of Michigan Wolverines of the Central Colligate Hockey Association registering 43 points (6 goals, 37 assists) a +44 rating and 143 penalty minutes in 142 regular season games. In 2009-2010, Pateryn helped lead the Wolverines to a National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship. The 6’2”, 219-pound defenceman played for the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets of the United States Hockey League in 2007-2008 notching 27 points (3 goals, 24 assists) and 145 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games. Pateryn was acquired by the Canadiens in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs with a second round pick in 2010 in exchange for Mikhail Grabovski. Pateryn was originally drafted by the Maple Leafs in the 5th round, 128th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.