After completing a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks earlier in the night, the Montreal Canadiens filled the open roster spots by recalling Michael McCarron and Morgan Ellis from St. John’s of the American Hockey League on Friday.
Montreal created room for the duo by dealing Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann to the reigning Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks for Phillip Danault, who is expected to remain with the Canadiens.
McCarron was selected by Montreal with the 25th overall pick in the 2013 draft. He made his NHL debut earlier this season, recording four penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating in two games in December.
The 20-year-old has registered 15 goals and 19 assists in 53 games with St. John’s this season. A native of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, the 6-foot-6, 231-pounder represented the United States at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and the 2013 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, winning the silver medal in each tournament.
Ellis has yet to make his NHL debut after being chosen in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. The 23-year-old ranks second among AHL defensemen this season with 12 goals and has added 18 assists in 55 games with St. John’s.
A native of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, the 6-foot-1, 211-pound Ellis won the 2012 Memorial Cup with Shawinigan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and also captured the Kevin Lowe Trophy that season as the QMJHL’s best defensive defenseman.