The Canadiens announced Wednesday that centreman Andreas Engqvist
has been called up from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. Engqvist will take
part in the team practice on Thursday, at the Bell Sports Complex in
The callup became necessary after Michael Cammalleri and Max Pacioretty were injured on Tuesday night in Buffalo. Cammalleri has a shoulder separation, Max-Pac bruised ribs.
Cammalleri, who suffered a knee injury around this time last season, will be out at least a month. Paciorett is feeling soreness and will be day-to-day.
The Engqvist call-up is a bit of a surprise. There was speculation Ryan White would be the Bulldog summoned to The Show.
Engqvist is the first Swedish Canadien since Niklas Sundström played six games in the 2005-’06 season.
Hockey’sfuture.com on Enggqvist: He is a big, talented, and versatile center. He has good offensive
instincts and is not a liability defensively. Engqvist makes use of his
size and hands to score goals from in around the net. He has also been
used on the wing at times this season.
More to come.
The team’s release:
The Montreal Canadiens announced today that centreman Andreas Engqvist has been called up from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. Engqvist will take part in the team practice on Thursday, at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.
The 6’04’’, 197 lbs centreman, aged 23, appeared in 38 games with the Bulldogs this season, registering 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists). One of his goals was scored on the power play. Engqvist has also collected 73 shots on goal, maintained a +5 plus/minus differential and served 10 penalty minutes.
Engqvist played with Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite League from 2005-06 to 2009-10, recording 58 points (29-29-58) and 74 penalty minutes in 181 games. He also amassed 4 points (1-3-4) in 9 games in the 2010 World Hockey Championship in Germany.
A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Engqvist signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on July 13, 2009.
In November, Garry McKay profiled Engqvist in the Hamilton Spectator:
Andreas Engqvist is learning to do more with less.
The Hamilton Bulldogs rookie centre from Sweden is
playing his first season on the smaller North American-sized ice
surface and he admits it does take some getting used to.
“The play comes at you quicker on the smaller ice
here and because of that everything has to be quicker,” says the
6-foot-3, 198-pounder from Stockholm. “You get more shot opportunities
here and you also get open spaces in different places than on the bigger
ice surface in Europe.
“I like playing on the small ice and every day it
feels better. I’m learning new stuff every day and I’m starting to feel
pretty comfortable with this ice.”
Engqvist, who turns 23 on Dec. 23, has played for
Djurgårdens IF, in Stockholm, in the Swedish Elite League the past four
seasons. He also played for Sweden in this year’s world hockey
championships in Germany where he had a goal and three assists in nine
games in helping the Tre Kronor to a bronze medal.
He was undrafted but signed as a free agent with the Montreal Canadiens this past summer.
Engqvist has been used primarily in a checking
role so far with the Dogs. In 12 games, he’s managed two goals and three
assists and is a plus two playing against many of the other teams’ top
“Over here, there’s much more forechecking than there is in Sweden,” he says.
“The defensive play over there is more calm, here it’s check, check, check.”
Bulldogs head coach Randy Cunneyworth thinks Engqvist is adapting quickly to what he’s being asked to do.
“I think he’s been thrust into a more defensive
roll for us than maybe he has been from his previous teams. I don’t
think we want to limit his offence in any way. In fact, he has as much
licence as our most offensive guys, but obviously a lot of his energy is
going toward taking on the top lines on the other team and winning
those valuable faceoffs and he’s doing a great job at that,” he said.
“He’s a big, strong, smart player who can be very effective at both ends and we like his progress so far,” Cunneyworth added.
Engqvist calls his first National Hockey League
training camp with the Habs a pretty cool experience, especially since
he got into several pre-season games.
But, he says, he came over knowing most European
players don’t crack NHL lineups right off the bat and he might have to
play a season in Hamilton.