Habs prospects Fucale, Grégoire invited to national junior camp

Canadiens prospects Zach Fucale and Jeremy Grégoire were among the 41 players invited on Monday to Canada’s national development camp for the IIHF World Junior Championship. The camp will be held Aug. 3-8 in Brossard, Montreal and Sherbrooke. Four goaltenders, 12 defencemen and 25 forwards were invited.

The 2015 World Junior Championship is slated for Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Montreal and Toronto.

“I would like to congratulate the players selected today to attend the development camp,” said Ryan Jankowski, head scout of the  Program of Excellence for Hockey Canada. “This is a first step towards being chosen to represent Canada at the world juniors, but these 41 players have the first opportunity to show the coaching staff how they can help Canada succeed in Toronto and Montreal at Christmas-time.”

The 41 players will get together at the Canadiens’ practice facility in Brossard for practices on Aug. 3 and 4 before playing the national junior teams of the Czech Republic and Russia in tuneup games.

Fucale, a goalie with the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads, was selected by the Canadiens in the second round (36th overall) at last year’s NHL draft. In 50 games with the Moosheads this past season, Fucale posted a 36-9-3 record with a 2.26 goals-against average and .907 save percentage. He earned the Jacques Plante Trophy at the QMJHL Golden Puck Awards for posting the best goals-against average in the league and was also named the QMJHL’s personality of the year.

Grégoire, a 6-foot, 187-pound centre, was selected by the Canadiens in the sixth round (176th overall) last year. In 62 regular-season games last season, split between Chicoutimi and Baie-Comeau, he posted 19-13-32 totals. In 22 playoff games with Baie-Comeau, he averaged more than a point a game with 9-14-23 totals, helping the Drakkar reach the league final. Grégoire also received a Guy Lafleur Award Excellence for combining hockey with academic excellence. He had an 87.3% grade average at Baie-Comeau Cégep, where he is enrolled in the Human Sciences.

(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)

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  1. New says:

    Gregoire’s stats are mixed up in the article. Last season was all with BC. (Hudon came across mid season.) Gregoire’s stats are from his draft year. Gregoire 2013-2014 was Baie-Comeau Drakkar QMJHL 65GP 35 goals 34 assists 69 points +25 84 PM. The playoff numbers are right.

  2. SC-1993 says:

    Markov staying, who’s next??????????????

  3. Habfan10912 says:

    A top 4 dman in a weak free agent year would have found a lot more money out there. A lot more.

    • Loop_Garoo says:

      Well, for us a lot more. I think you would be looking at 4 years, about 6-6.5 on open market. It is easy to knock Markov here as we are so used to him, but the fact is for the last decade he has been one of the best all around d in the league, happy to see him stay.

    • Captain aHab says:

      He would have and if he didn’t get a NTC/NMC, I could live with this deal. The fact that another team would have broken the bank for him doesn’t mean we have to.

      Another possibility is that maybe Gorges or Emelin is leaving to free up cap space. I know they’re young but to me we had options at defense with young guys who seem to have talent. We don’t have much in terms of prospects at forward. I would have preferred leaving some cap space to be able to bring in a quality forward, if not now then at the deadline or before.

      Looks like we’ll be banking on Good Bourque showing up all year this year.

      We’ll see I guess but if he got a NTC and we’re still playing him 25-26 minutes a game, we’ll be regretting this deal sooner rather than later.

      Prepare to be boarded!!

  4. habsr4ever says:

    BOTH will make the WJ team.
    High hopes for Fucale….he has the attitude to make the NHL in a few years.

    Markov – well my sources were wrong….habs weren’t going to go beyond two years…..3 years times $5.75 by the sounds of it…..Bergy shouldn’t have gone over 5.25 on a three year deal…..for two years I would have gave him 6…..any how – that is why I am no gm….lol.

  5. Captain aHab says:

    Can’t wait for the 3 years $4M per contract for Gionta now.

    Prepare to be boarded!!

    • Loonie says:

      Andrei Markov is a player who teams were eagerly anticipating hitting free agency. Brian Gionta isn’t one of those players.

      Markov was slated to be one of the premier UFA targets, Gionta is a bargain hunter’s target.

      Markov would have earned anywhere from $6 million to $7 million annnually on the open market albeit on a short term contract. Gionta will be lucky to make $4 million on any deal. The UFA market is flooded with decent scoring forwards with high character, it’s near empty when talking about defensemen of Markov’s skill and experience.

    • SC-1993 says:

      like I said before trying to remain a playoff team so don’t expect many changes. They’ll sign Gionta to play with pleks maybe try to find a right winger for Eller, you won’t see much more than that. they’ll scratch and claw all year for a playoff spot mean while we’ll be all on here blaming Therrien…

  6. Luke says:

    Good deal for both Markov and the Habs.

  7. Marc10 says:

    3×5.75 I believe. That’s be what he is on now.

  8. Captain aHab says:

    Please oh please someone tell me Markov doesn’t have a NTC/NMC…..

    We have all seen this movie before; he’ll be great for the first 50-60 games, then he’ll fade.

    Prepare to be boarded!!

    • joeybarrie says:

      When have we seen this from Markov before?

      • Captain aHab says:

        Last year and the year before. He couldn’t keep up in the playoffs anymore.

        I seriously hope they keep him to 20-21 minutes per game this year.

        Prepare to be boarded!!

        • joeybarrie says:

          You mean the 5 points in 6 games he got against the Rangers. and being a minus 1….
          PK had 2 points in 6 games and was also a minus 1….
          MaxPac had 4 points in 6 games and also minus 1
          What are you talking about?

          • Loop_Garoo says:

            You are so right Joey. Markov gets blasted on here constantly, but he was, for the most part, great in the playoffs. It is true he is a bit slower, and will get beat once in a while, but I’m thrilled he is back.

    • Loonie says:

      33 points in his last 57 games this season.

      20 points in his first 40 games this season.

      • Captain aHab says:

        Sure he got points but did you watch actual games at the end of the year and the playoffs? He couldn’t win board battles and looked totally gassed.

        Prepare to be boarded!!

  9. joeybarrie says:

    2 year contract for Markov. How much per?

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