Prospects in tough battle to make NHL roster

For the prospects who were invited to the Canadiens’ main training camp after wrapping up rookie camp yesterday, making the NHL roster for the 2007-08 season will be a challenge because only a few spots are available. But that doesn’t mean a rookie can’t come in and change management’s plans, head coach Guy Carbonneau said.

“But you have a training camp to give the players a chance to show us what they can do. I came to camp in 1982 and I wasn’t supposed to make it, but I stole a job. It’s up to these kids to try to do the same thing,” Carbonneau said.

One of the prospects looking to make the jump to the NHL is Matt D’Agostini, a late-round draft pick who had a solid season with Hamilton last season, recording 21 goals and 28 assists in 63 games.

“I came here to do my best and my goal is to play for the Canadiens. I’ll give it my best shot, but if I have to go back to Hamilton, then I’ll go back and work hard,” said the 20-year-old from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

On defence, Carbonneau said Ryan O’Byrne and Jean-Philippe Côté are in the mix for a spot on the team’s blue line.

Read more about the last day of rookie camp here.


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