The Montreal Canadiens took the first of a two game home-and-away series against the New York Islanders on Friday night. Coupled with their powerful start to the season, this has them pulling further ahead atop the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference.
Just hours after collecting the victory, 22 year old Swiss forward Sven Andrighetto was recalled from the St. John’s Ice Caps late last night, and was added to the roster this morning ahead of the team’s home game against the Islanders Sunday evening.
Drafted in the third round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by Montreal, Andrighetto spent two seasons in the QMJHL prior to going pro within the Quebec club’s system. He has two full seasons of AHL experience under his belt; serving as the second highest scorer on the Hamilton Bulldogs in his first season of pro hockey, and the fourth highest scorer last season (with a full 15 games in hand on his teammates). In his first 12 games in the NHL, the left-shot right winger potted two goals and one helper.
This season, Andrighetto is third in scoring among Ice Caps skaters (15P in 17 games), and it’s no surprise to see him getting another look at the NHL level. The former third-rounder has been a consistent producer in the AHL for the past three seasons. He was recalled over the team’s other two leading scorers, 27 year-old free agent pickup Bud Holloway (former Los Angeles Kings prospect) and recently-gone-pro power forward Michael McCarron.
The recall for Andrighetto wasn’t the only news from Montreal late last night; with his return to the lineup, netminder Carey Price became the first Montreal goaltender to win eight of his first ten starts on a season since Ken Dryden achieved the feat during the 1977-78 season. Having a healthy Carey Price means the tandem of Mike Condon and Dustin Tokarski are no more. Tokarski was returned to the Ice Caps prior to last night’s game, with Price being reactivated.