First the Hamilton Bulldogs were victims of their own success.
First Yannick Weber was called up in Mid-November. On December 12th Max Pacioretty was called up while he was leading the American Hockey League in goalscoring. Then, December 30th David Desharnais was re-called while leading the AHL in points.
Now Andreas Engqvist will get his chance with the big club.
Meanwhile down on the farm there are more things to think about.
This from the Hamilton Spectator today –
The Bulldogs’ injury situation has also taken a turn for the worse. Forward Ian Schultz, it turns out, does have a bone fracture in his foot and he will be out six weeks instead of the two to three weeks they thought, initially. Olivier Fortier suffered an undisclosed upper body extremity injury that is still being evaluated and will probably be out at least a week.
Andrew Conboy is still waiting for the MRI results on his injured knee and it’s expected he will miss at least two to three weeks.
With those three forwards out, and now losing Engqvist, it’s forced the Bulldogs to get some help, as well. The problem is the Canadiens/Bulldogs really only have one forward left in their system that isn’t already here or up in Montreal.
That’s Dany Masse, who has one goal and eight assists in 29 games with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL. Masse, a left-winger, played one game with the Dogs earlier this year and was held pointless. So they called him up.
But the Dogs have also summoned defenceman David Urquhart from Wheeling.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to practise Thursday morning and then head out for the long bus trip to Hartford for their first meeting with the newly named Connecticut Whale. That game is Friday at 7 p.m. Both Masse and Urquhart are expected to join the Dogs in Hartford