It’s not possible to be in two places at once, which is bad news for Tomas Plekanec. Today the Habs’ announced to all that the 21-year-old centreman will be reporting to the team’s AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. The stop in Hamilton will be Plekanec’s second, after his spectacular play with the team for the first half of the season warranted a New Year’s Eve call up to the Habs.
Despite learning much during his short., two-week tenure in Montreal, Plekanec will head to Hamilton with hopes of returning to the same form he showed before making the trip to Montreal, when he posted 27 points and a +10 rating in 37 games. While his ice time was limited, averaging just over 9:00 of playing time in two games with the Habs, the experience gained will be invaluable for Tomas.
As he prepares to make the permenant jump to the big club, being able to watch the Habs’ play such successful hockey from the pressbox, practicing with the pros, and picking up hints from his future coaches should be all of help in making him a better player at this point in time.
With Alexander Svitov being recalled to Tampa Bay from Hamilton, his job will most likely be to centre the line with the red hot rookie Alexander Perezhogin; a role he should fill just fine. Plekanec will not be in action until January 17th, the ‘Dogs next game in which they will travel to Albany. Should Plekanec remain in Hamilton long enough, he will proudly represent the CH at the AHL All Star game in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Scheduled to be joining Plekanec at the game are Mike Komisarek, Benoit Gratton, and Josef Balej, provided none of the three have other commitments at the NHL level.