Canadiens’ first-round draft pick Louis Leblanc was among 14 players cut from the team’s training camp Monday night after the Habs’ 6-3 loss to the Boston Bruins.
The Canadiens roster now stands at 38 players, including five who are injured.
The players cut also includes: Sven Andrighetto, Robert Mayer, Matt Lashoff, Dalton Thrower, Erik Nyström, Morgan Ellis, Joonas Nattinen, Martin Reway, Darren Dietz, Charles Hudon, Stephen MacAulay and goaltender Zachary Fucale.
Ten players will return to the Hamilton Bulldogs while Fucale, Hudon and Reway head back to their respective junior teams. The team also plans to invite Lashoff to the Bulldogs training camp.
Fucale described the camp as a big learning experience and beneficial for his development.
“I saw the level of play is very high, very fast. So for me it’s very important to work on every aspect of my game,” he said.
“There are so many screens during the game. A lot of people are trying to obstruct the view. And guys are stronger, they’re smarter, their shots are just harder,” Fucale said.
“Every little aspect of the game is better in the NHL and you’ve got to adjust and get better.”
A big story line heading into the game was the Subban brothers squaring off for the first time. P.K. Subban’s younger brother Malcolm, the Bruins’ first-round draft pick in 2012, replaced Chad Johnson in net part way through the second period.
“It was a pretty cool experience,” P.K. Subban said after the game.
Their father, grandfather and next door neighbour were at the Bell Centre for the game. “I don’t think I got a shot on (Malcolm),” Subban said. In fact, he had one shot from the point that his brother easily stopped.
A short-lived “P.K., P.K.” chant started high up in the Bell Centre after the announcement of the goalie changes. (Robert Mayer also replaced Canadiens’ goaltender Carey Price.)
Subban called it a good experience for his brother.
“If you can play in Montreal, you can pretty much play anywhere in terms of the intensity in this building and the pressure. I thought he handled himself well for his first game.”
You can hear what Canadiens’ forward Max Pacioretty had to say after the game here: