After Max Pacioretty, it was Matt D’Agostini’s turn to be sent to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday. At the same time, the Canadiens announced the recall of Ben Maxwell.
D’Agostini is in Hamilton on a conditioning stint that he agreed to, meaning he does not have to clear waivers. The stint can last a maximum of two weeks. Pacioretty was told of the demotion Saturday night and is already on his way to Hamilton, soon to be joined by D’Agostini. Maxwell is expected to arrive in Florida Sunday night and gives the team the minimum 20 players with Paul Mara staying in Montreal because of an upper-body injury.
Maxwell, who will be 22 in March, was the Canadiens’ second-round draft choice, 49th overall, in 2006.
Last season, the 6’1″, 195-pound centre had 22 goals and 36 assists with the Bulldogs. This season, he has 11 goals and 23 assists.
Hockeysfuture.com rates Maxwell as the Canadiens’ best prospect. The web site quotes Cory Clouston, who coached Maxwell in Kootenay and went on to the Senators:
“Depending on who we’re playing,
whether it’s a road game or at home, it kind of varies who else he
might play with. He’s a key guy for us because when you play teams with
three good lines, Ben will be matched up with somebody who has a real
good physical presence. Ben is a guy who will make things difficult for
opponents. He generally responds quite well in the physical department.”