With rookie camp now complete following a 5-3 win over the CIS All-Stars, the Habs have revealed their roster for training camp. A total of 70 players will be taking part. The full roster can be found here which includes 40 forwards, 23 defencemen, and seven goaltenders. Shea Weber, who isn’t supposed to play this season, is among the group although that’s merely a technicality at this point; he’s required to fail his physical before being LTIR-eligible.
There are plenty of players technically on tryouts although all of them beyond Cody Goloubef were already either in rookie camp or are already signed to a minor league deal. Goloubef is the lone veteran player in ‘Group C’, a listing of 18 players that are either heading to the minor leagues or back to junior. Of note, defenceman Arber Xhekaj made it through rookie camp and is the lone non-affiliated skater from there to make it to main camp. He’ll likely be evaluated for a spot with either AHL Laval or ECHL Trois-Rivieres. Goaltender Alexis Gravel also made it onto that group as a non-affiliated invite from rookie camp.
While most of the AHL-contracted players are in Group C, a handful made it to the main group. Those are forwards Jean-Christophe Beaudin, Gabriel Bourque, Alexandre Fortin, and Danick Martel plus defencemen Terrence Amorosa and Charles-David Beaudoin.
Players cut from rookie camp are as follows:
Forwards: Tag Bertuzzi, Isiah Campbell, Thomas Caron, Mika Cyr, Avery Hayes, Riley Kidney*, Charles-Antoine Roy, Brenden Sirizzotti
Defencemen: Charles-Antoine Pilote, William Trudeau*
*- drafted by Montreal
Camp officially gets underway on Wednesday with medical evaluations while practices will begin on Thursday. Meanwhile, the first preseason game is coming up quickly on Saturday in Toronto. The Canadiens will likely carry the majority of this group through the first few preseason games until minor league training camps get underway.