After several days of smaller squad games, the Canadiens development camp shifted to two larger teams for a scrimmage yesterday. Prospects Brett Lernout, Matt Bradley and Michael Pezzetta sat out with injuries, while Jake Evans and Luke Ripley returned to the University of Notre Dame for collegiate duties.
2015-2016 Season with Seattle Thunderbirds: 12 G - 30 A — 42 P, 59 PIMs
A member of Team USA at the 2016 World Junior Championships, Eansor helped the US collect a bronze medal in Finland. While he was not drafted, he was invited to development camp in Brossard and is looking to earn a contract with the Canadiens organization, and likely fight for a spot on the IceCaps this upcoming season. He opened the scoring in yesterday's scrimmage by crashing the net and knocking in a rebound off a Noah Juulsen shot.
2015-2016 Season with St. John's IceCaps: 0 G - 12 A- 12P, 14 PIMs
Despite missing the entire first half of the AHL season last year, Johnston returned to the IceCaps lineup and made an immediate impact. His dynamic skating and ability to gain the offensive zone helped fuel an IceCaps offence that was in desperate need of puck-moving blue-liners. This upcoming season, Johnston should feature prominently on the IceCaps' power play that was among the best in the AHL last year, and he should see an expanded role now that he's fully healthy.
Johnston evened the score by leading a gorgeous rush up ice, and tapping home a pass from Michael McCarron in the first period.
2015-2016 Season with St. John's IceCaps: 17 G - 21 A - 38 P, 91 PIMs
McCarron continues to show why he could force his way into the Canadiens lineup this upcoming season. The behemoth forward not only showed soft hands in front of the net, re-directing a Simon Bourque shot to tie the game. He was also responsible for setting up Ryan Johnston's goal with a slick feed in front of the net.
2015-2016 Season with St. John's IceCaps: 6 G - 5 A - 11 P, 70 PIMs
The stalwart of the IceCaps bottom six last season has been very impressive thus far in camp for the Canadiens. After taking on a role as a fighter, it's a positive sign to see the young forward working on his offensive game; something the IceCaps will rely on this upcoming season.
July 7th is the final day of development camp in Brossard and will feature one final scrimmage, starting at 9 AM EDT. After that, the prospects won't be seen until the Canadiens rookie camp and the accompanying tournament in London, Ontario.
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