The first part of Montreal Canadiens' development camp is underway at the Complex Sportif Bell in Brossard, Quebec. The drills are run by the coaching staff of the Montreal Canadiens including Kirk Muller, whose future with the organization remains a big question mark with rumors about interviews with the Ottawa Senators and the Dallas Stars making the rounds on a daily basis.
The Canadiens have invited most of their prospect to the camp including Alain Berger and Michael Bournival, the players that were signed after last year's development camp. Although Joonas Natinnen's name also appears on the list of attending players, he was not present at yesterday's practice session and neither was Louis Leblanc who is nursing a shoulder injury.
The rookies were divided in two groups and both the skating rinks at the Complex Sportif Bell were in use with one side being run by Kirk Muller and Randy Cunnyworth while the other side was managed by Perry Pearn. The players present included Alexandre Avtsin, Hunter Bishop, Brendan Gallagher, Gabriel Dumont, Danny Kristo, Phillipe Lefebvre, Aaron Palushaj, Jarred Tinordi, Morgan Ellis and Brendan Nash among others.
A total of 33 players, including some try-outs, are set to participate in the first of the two development camp sessions. The session ends on the 9th of June with the second part of the development camp to be held between 5th and 9th of July. The second session will also include players from the 2011 NHL Entry Draft that will be held on June 24-25 in Minnesota. It should be noted that this session includes 14 players that were drafted by the Canadiens.