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

Mike McCarron ((Photo by RDS)

BROSSARD, QC. — As we discussed yesterday, development camp scrimmages are meaningless. Right?

But it was fun to watch the offensive skills of the elusive Daniel Audette who scored twice for Team Red in the second scrimmage of development camp on Wednesday. It’s yet to be determined whether the undersized Audette can succeed at the next level but he was an obvious scoring threat on Day 4.

Habs fans will be forgiven for wistfully thinking about how Mike McCarron could improve the Canadiens offense with his poise carrying the puck up the ice, driving the net and using his size to impose his will with the puck. McCarron looked very good playing center, confidently entering the offensive zone to set up Taylor Burke for a Team White goal.

With the absence of Nikita Scherbak and Sven Andrighetto from scrimmages, it is McCarron and Charles Hudon who have stood out the most after two games.

And then there was Markus Eisenschmid who turned heads during the first scrimmage scoring the first two goals of the game.  Guess what? He scored twice again today, with the second goal coming on 3-on-3 play. Does that mean anything? Let’s just say that Eisenschmid is making the most of his opportunity with four goals already.

The final score was 6-2 for Team Red with the winners getting goals from Mac Bennett (3rd round, 2009), Hudon (5th round, 2012) and two each for Audette (5th round, 2014) and Eisenschmid (try-out).  Scorers for Team White were Tim McGauley (try-out) and Burke (try-out).

Bennett, a veteran of these development camps, skates well, plays well positionally, is smart and makes a good first pass.  He is a solid all-round defenseman and one of those players who oozes leadership.  Have others passed Bennett on the prospect depth chart? This will be a key year for him, his second as a pro.

Darren Dietz and Brett Lernout are two rearguards who seem to have taken a step forward. Lernout was unable to beat Zach Fucale on a penalty shot during Wednesday’s game. But Lernout looks to have all the tools to be an effective defender. He skates well and uses his size and strength to be an intimidating presence. Decision-making is something that could use work.

A three-period intrasquad game will take place on Thursday morning to close this year’s development camp.

Development camp scrimmage no. 2 – July 8, 2015 

Team A (Red) Team B (White)
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
40 Connor Crisp
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
55  Bailey Webster
90  Travis Brown
89 Ryan Johnston
61 Nikolas Koberstein
36  Brett Lernout
82 Tom Parisi
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
63 Jake Evans


Mark MacMillan

Mac Bennett

  • Wayne McCrae

    Good eye opener Rick. I think we have more options than most believe going forward.Will have to see how it shakes out. More and more I think we can provide upgrades from within.