By Rick Stephens, Editor-in-Chief, All Habs Hockey Magazine

(Photo by RDS)

BROSSARD, QC. — Sure, it’s fun for Habs fans to watch future stars of the team perform drills and it’s awesome to get autographs from their new favorite players. But, in a city that can’t wait til October arrives, it is the scrimmages at Development camp that bring all the excitement that’s available in the off-seas0n.

The outcome of the game is meaningless and goal scoring isn’t indicative of much but that doesn’t stop fans from following the action on Twitter as if the opposite was true.

Two of the players seemingly competing for a spot on the opening day roster, Sven Andrighetto and Nikita Scherbak, did not participate in the scrimmage due to injuries. Fans were also deprived from seeing recent first round pick Noah Juulsen play.

The full injury list is here:  Sven Andrighetto (shoulder), Noah Juulsen (shoulder), Mark MacMillan (knee),  Nikita Scherbak (knee), Dalton Thrower (knee). The Canadiens announced that the injured prospects will not participate in scrimmages throughout the week.  The club does not want to risk further injury in July to young players who were coming off injuries at the end of last season.

In addition, Connor Crisp missed today’s scrimmage due to the passing of his grandmother and Jake Evans has returned to the University of Notre Dame.

With Scherbak and Andrighetto missing, the remaining players who were expected to shine — Daniel Carr, Charles Hudon, Mike McCarron — did just that. Carr and Hudon showed off the chemistry that they developed last season in Hamilton to set up the opening goal with some beautiful passing.  Hudon got a goal of his own in the second period with a blast that whizzed past goalie Alex Dubeau.

McCarron scored in the game-winner in the shootout and Artturi Lehkonen scored an insurance goal to give Team Red a 5-4 win (not that it matters, right?)  Lehkonen will return to the SHL to play again with Frölunda next season.

For the record, the goal scorers in regulation time for Team Red were: Jeremy Gregoire (6th round, 2013), Lukas Vejdemo (3rd round, 2015), Brandon Magee (try-out), Artturi Lehkonen (2nd round, 2013). And scoring for Team White: Charles Hudon (5th round, 2012), Dryden Hunt (try-out) and with two goals Markus Eisenschmid (try-out).

Eisenschmid was the talk of the first scrimmage scoring the opening goal for Team White on a nice play from Charles Hudon and Daniel Carr.  The native of Marktoberdorf, Germany got his second goal a short time later on a penalty shot.

Eisenschmid recorded 19 goals and 25 assists for 44 points in 50 games playing for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL in 2014-15. Despite being invited to Canadiens development camp and representing Germany at the U20 tournament, Markus is not the most accomplished sibling of his hockey-playing family. Markus’ sister Tanja played for the German women’s national team and is currently plays defense for the North Dakota Fighting Sioux women’s hockey program. Tanja participated in the 2014 Olympics. Nicola, Markus’ younger sister, was a forward for Team Germany at 2015 IIHF Women’s World Championship.

A new name for Habs fans to follow. And prospects like Carr, Hudon and McCarron meeting expectations. For not meaning anything, it sure is a lot of fun.

Artturi Lehkonen

Development camp scrimmage – July 7, 2015

Team A (White) Team B (Red)
Forwards
48 Daniel Audette
56 Tim Bozon
68 Matthew Bradley
43 Daniel Carr
91 Tim Clifton
57 Markus Eisenschmid
72 Mario Huber
75 Charles Hudon
78 Dryden Hunt
83 Ryan Rosenthal
97 Jamal Watson
32 Jeremiah Addison
60 Taylor Burke
86 Stefan Fournier
47 Jeremy Gregoire
52 Artturi Lehkonen
58 Brandon Magee
34 Michael McCarron
94 Tim McGauley
73 Angelo Miceli
44 Lukas Vejdemo
Defensemen
46  Mac Bennett
20  Simon Bourque
84  Darren Dietz
92  Christopher Joyaux
71  Michael Webster
90  Travis Brown
89 Ryan Johnston
61 Nikolas Koberstein
36  Brett Lernout
82 Tom Parisi
55  Bailey Webster
Goalies
30 Zach Fucale
65  Mathew Mancina 
95 Alex Dubeau
70 Michael McNiven

Injured
38 Nikita Scherbak
59 Dalton Thrower
54 Noah Juulsen
62 Mark MacMillan
42 Sven Andrighetto

Not present
40 Connor Crisp
63 Jake Evans