The Habs received some good news from the waiver wire on Monday as all four of their players, most notably Christian Thomas, all cleared and have been assigned to St. John’s of the American Hockey League.
Thomas, 23, split last season between the Canadiens and the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. With the big club, he played in 18 games, collecting a single goal on 26 shots, seven PIMS, and a -2 rating while averaging 9:05 of ice time per game. He also suited up in 52 games with Hamilton, posting eleven goals and eleven assists for a career low 22 points in the minors.
In his career, Thomas has suited up in 21 NHL contests with his goal last season holding up as his only point. He has had more success at the AHL level, tallying 42 goals and 44 assists in 191 minor league games (including playoffs). He was ranked as Montreal’s #16 prospect in our 2015 prospect rankings series.
Three other players also cleared waivers:
Gabriel Dumont, 24, captain of the Bulldogs last season, cleared for the second straight year. He played in 66 games with Hamilton, scoring 20 goals while adding 25 assists, both career highs. He also got into a trio of games with Montreal (the fourth straight year he has spent time with the Canadiens) but was held pointless while averaging 9:07 per game. He was rated 30th for the second straight year in our annual prospect rankings.
Bud Holloway, 27, who some thought might contend for a roster spot, cleared waivers for the first time in his career. He has spent the last four years across the pond and suited up with SC Bern of the Swiss NLA in 2014-15 as well as a stint with Canada’s Spengler Cup entry. He finished third on their team in scoring, with 13 goals and 24 assists in 42 games.
Morgan Ellis, 23, also cleared waivers for the first time. He spent most of the first half of 2014-15 with Montreal’s ECHL affiliate in Wheeling, tallying 13 goals and 13 assists in just 39 games. That earned him a one-way ticket back to the Bulldogs, where he finished the year with three goals and six assists in 27 contests. He was ranked 33rd in our prospect rankings.
All of these players will be available when the IceCaps kick off their preseason on Thursday as they play the Toronto Marlies for the first of a three game mini-series throughout Newfoundland. Their training camp gets underway today; here is their invite list.