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Devante Smith-Pelly injured, Bud Holloway recalled

Habs recall IceCaps leading scorer to replace injured forward

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens announced the recall of right winger George "Bud" Holloway on Sunday morning to replace injured forward Devante Smith-Pelly who suffered a lower-body injury against the Islanders on Friday night.

Holloway currently leads the IceCaps in scoring with five goals and 15 assists in 18 games.

Bud Holloway was signed over the summer as a free agent to a one-year, two-way contract by General Manager Marc Bergevin, after spending the past four seasons playing in Europe (three years in Sweden, one year in Switzerland).

The 6'0" forward was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the third round in 2006, but chose to play in Europe rather than stay in the AHL. His rights expired over the summer.

During training camp Holloway wore jersey #52. If that's the jersey number that he is assigned, then he will become only the third player to wear that number, after Craig Rivet and Mathieu Darche.

If he plays 10 games or stays on the roster for 30 days, he will require to clear waivers if he is sent back down to the AHL. It is not known whether he will play as even with the Smith-Pelly injury, the Canadiens have 13 healthy forwards with Sven Andrighetto recalled on Friday night.

Read more about Holloway with this profile we wrote on him earlier in the year.