Tomas Plekanec got his dream today, unfortunately it came at a cost for the Montreal Canadiens. With centres Saku Koivu and Benoit Gratton injured with concussions, Habs fans can proudly announce that another one of their promising prospects is in town.
A strong, talented centreman, the 21-year-old Plekanec had 27 points in 37 games for the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. He is a player that is not afraid to get his nose dirty — very dirty — and will skate hard all night long. ‘Pleks’ possesses good offensive instincts, and is always willing to set up his teammates and make the creative play. Should he be in the lineup tonight, he will be looking to proove that the AHL is a thing of the past.
Undersized at 5’10, his heart is big and so is his ambition. The former 3rd round draft choice by former GM Andre Savard off-sets his lack of size with strength and solid play in all ends of the ice. He is no slouch in the defensive zone, and weighs in at nearly 200 pounds. A native of Klado, CZ, Tomas came very close to catching on with the CH at Training Camp. He fell victim to the numbers game, but it appears it is that very same game that has brought him back to Montreal.
In other Bulldogs news, the team is in action tonight against the Syracuse Crunch. Josef Balej continues to tear up the league, and Ron Hainsey is providing solid two-way play from the back line. There is a chance they could join the sturdy Plekanec in Montreal very soon.