In a training camp noted for it’s bloat and underachievement, Gallagher became the story line. He participated in five of the seven games. He didn’t score any goals but seemed to flourish in the company of ‘top-six’ forwards.
As training camp progresses, the level of competition rises and flaws in young players games are, more often than not, exposed. Last night against Tampa Bay Gallagher started on a line with Scott Gomez and Max Pacioretty and seemed to thrive. The coaching staff saw something most of the rest of us didn’t. He played four shifts with Gomez and then was shuffled down to the Desharnais-Kostitsyn line where was ineffective. It was the first sign his demotion was in the works. Gallagher practiced with Lars Eller and Michael Blunden this morning, another indication of the impending re-assignment.
Bournival missed the first five exhibition games because of an early training camp knee injury. He was arguably the best of the rookie forwards in last night’s game. Bournival, a real prospect, was acquired by the Canadiens in the Ryan O’Byrne trade with Colorado.
Nattinen was injured early in camp and did not play a game.
More from Training Camp
…..Jacques Martin confirmed that Andrei Markov will not be ready to start the season on October 6th. The company line remains “his rehabilitation is on schedule”.
…..Thirty-two players remain in camp. Nine are on the injury list which means they must remain on the Canadiens roster until healthy. Markov, Lars Eller, Travis Moen and Ryan White will join the Canadiens eventually. Hunter Bishop, Brendon Nash, Olivier Fortier, Louis Leblanc and Ian Schultz ultimately will be headed for Hamilton.
…..Erik Cole practiced with David Desharnais and Mathieu Darche this morning in practice. Andrei Kostitsyn was back with Plekanec and Cammalleri. Yannick Weber continues be used solely as a right winger.
…..Defensemen Alexei Yemelin and Jeff Woywetka will not be dressed for tomorrow’s game.
…..After tomorrow night’s game, the team will fly to Toronto and bus to Collingwood Ontario for their annual three-day bonding exercise. They’ll head back to Toronto on Wednesday. The season opener will be Thursday at the Air Canada Centre.
Tomorrow’s Starting Lineup
67-Max Pacioretty 11-Scott Gomez 21-Brian Gionta
13-Michael Cammalleri 14-Tomas Plekanec 46-Andrei Kostitsyn
52-Mathieu Darche 51-David Desharnais 72-Erik Cole
60-Aaron Palushaj 63-Andreas Engqvist 68-Yannick Weber
75-Hal Gill 76-P.K. Subban
26-Josh Gorges 17-Chris Campoli
6-Jaroslav Spacek 61-Raphael Diaz
Goal 31-Carey Price