Greg Pateryn will make his way back to Montreal after the completion of a three-game conditioning stint with the St. John's IceCaps.
Seeing no game action through the first 15 games of the NHL season, Pateryn was given that chance with the Canadiens' AHL affiliate.
St. John's was soundly defeated in a two-game set by the Wilkes-Barre/Scrantonby an aggregate score of 9-3, before mounting a three-goal comeback in an eventual 4-3 shootout victory against the Hershey Bears Saturday evening. In the three games played, Pateryn had 10 shots on net, though did not register a point, and sports a plus/minus rating of -6 from this week's action.
Pateryn played 17 games in the NHL regular season last year, and an additional seven in the playoffs in which he contributed three assists.
The recall will allow Pateryn to practise with the NHL roster in the days leading up to Habs' first game of the week on Wednesday; a game in which he could make his season debut.