I am very happy for the call-up. Not necessarily because I think he will play well (although he seemed ok during pre-season) but I can't help but feel happy for the guy.
This is another story like DD. The guyy played 4 seasons in the Q and then had to go play at the UQTR because he couldn't find a contract, then went to the ECHl and so on... This guy had to work to be a pro and now it's paying off. I can't imagine how happy he would make him feel, to finally be rewarded for all his hard work. Even if he plays just one game with the Habs, you have to think that he'll be able to say that it was worth it.
He was in my opinion the best defenceman not to make the team in the last pre-season games, and that includes Woywitka. Obviously, I would expect Woywitka to outperform him in real season games, but mostly for experience reasons. As said before, he did seem to be steady defensively while being able to move the puck. Not that much of an offensive threat. Whenever possible, Montreal has been known in the last few years to call-up Hamilton players who were on good streaks.
Happy to hear St-Denis is getting a shot. He was awesome in camp (go back and check the threads if you don't believe me). He was my #1 from Hamilton, even if I'm a huge Joe Stejskal fan. I also like Alex Henry a lot. At the same time, St-Denis is the closest guy to NHL caliber we have in the AHL and he could be a useful NHL guy at some point in his career.
I'm not worried having him in the line-up at all.
As for people calling him the "offensive-type", that's not really true. He's more of a Josh Gorges type player than a Diaz/Weber. He won't get beat very easily. He has a really good first pass too. He's not physical at all though.
Originally Posted by Malreg
He's the exact same age as me, and from the same home town. I'm also very involved in minor hockey in that city, and I've NEVER heard his name mentioned before.
Anyone know his story? Did he move at a young age?
We make a huge deal out of Torrey Mitchell from the Sharks because he's from Greenfield Park, so it seems weird I've never heard of St-Denis.
If Google Maps is right, he played Minor Hockey only an hour away from you (Drummondville) for 5-years.
Not many teams have 10 NHL calibre defenseman... when you're missing four regular NHL defenseman obviously your defense will look weak. He's Hamilton's best defenseman so there is no reason why he wouldn't be called up.