As a huge Dogs fan, I got to admit, despite the rumblings from fans around here about the current/most recent management, what a job they had done in Hamilton. Through Timmins draft picks, they re-stock this team every year. The year that Subban and Desharnais just had, the year before that it was Yannick Weber and the rest of the impressive rookie crop that included Desharnais, Desjardins, Maxwell, Pacioretty, and Ryan White (talk about an impressive group of rookies, 3 in the top 11 in rookie scoring plus it would have been 4 if they kept Pac down and he maintained his ppg)
The next wave looks exciting in Avtsin, Leblanc, Kristo, Tinordi, Quailer and more. I could see all of them in Hamilton by the end of the following season, which would be another booster of talent to the club. Avstin it appears will be there this year, Leblanc could be there towards the end of the season unless the Juniors are Memorial Cup bound, Kristo I wouldn't be surprised if he turns pro next summer, Tinordi if he plays two years at Notre Dame, he should join the team at the end of ND's season one would think and a good year from Quailer and I wouldn't be surprised to see him turn pro next summer as well.
Plus there's guys like Nattinen, Stjeskal, Lefebvre, Morgan Ellis, Gallagher, Pateryn, Bennett that could all be pros over the next two years.
As guys like Subban, Pyatt move up to the NHL full time, others like Eller, White, Engqvist, Pacioretty, Weber, Carle etc.. could follow this year or next. That still leaves Hamilton with a bunch of skilled players, giving them a balanced attack again. It's going to be a very young team from the looks of it (Sanford and Henry are the only current Bulldogs over the age of 25)
The Cyclones website no longer has the Montreal logo showing, but the Nashville and Florida logos are present.
Once the entire Bulldog management left and both of the Cyclone coaches left, the relationship essentially ended. When Rochester/Florida affiliated with the Cyclones recently, it was a great fit because Rochester's new head coach, Chuck Weber, had guided the Cyclones for four years.
It was a very productive relationship while it lasted. The Cyclones received key personnel which allowed them to win two Championships, and Hamilton and the Habs had some solid player development in Cincinnati; Desharnais, Desjardins, Greg Stewart, Frederic St. Denis, Robert Mayer to name a few.
The Bulldogs were a great affiliate. They never called up players and then made those players healthy scratches. That happens all to often with other organizations. Had Brisbois, Boucher, and Weber remained where they were, I'm sure that the relationship would have continued. But, when all of the relevant partners in the relationship moved on, the affiliation appeared to have died a natural death.
Here is a partial list of regular season and post season records that were tied or broken this past season by the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Ryan Russell - All-Time Shorthanded Goals - 7
David Desharnais - Single Season Points - 78
P.K. Subban - Single Season Plus/Minus - +46
Andre Benoit - All-Time Defenseman Points - 93
Andre Benoit & Yannick Weber - All-Time Defenseman Goals - 23
Alex Henry - All-Time Defenseman Penalty Minutes - 580
Andre Benoit - All-Time Defenseman Game Winning Goals - 6
Yannick Weber -All-Time Defenseman OT Goals - 2
P.K. Subban - All-Time Defenseman Single Season Points - 53
P.K. Subban - All-Time Defenseman Single Season Goals - 18
P.K. Subban - All-Time Defenseman Single Season Assists - 35 (tied)
P.K. Subban - Single Season Defenseman Power Play Goals - 11
P.K. Subban - Single Season Defenseman Plus/Miuns - +46
P.K. Subban & Yannick Weber - Single Season Defenseman OT Goals - 1 (tied)
Cedrick Desjardins - Single Season Wins - 29
Cedrick Dejardins - Single Season Shutouts - 6 (tied)
David Desharnais & Andre Benoit - All-Time Post Season Points - 27
Andre Benoit - All-Time Post Season Assists - 22
David Desharnais - All-time Post Season Power Play Goals - 6
P.K. Subban, Grant Stevenson & Brock Trotter - All-Time Post Season OT Goals - 1
Andre Benoit - All-Time Post Season Plus/Minus - +15
David Desharnais - Single Post Season Points - 23
David Desharnais - Single Post Season Power Play Goals - 6
P.K. Subban, Grant Stevenson & Brock Trotter - Single Post Season OT Goals - 1
Andre Benoit - All-Time Post Season Defenseman Points - 27
Andre Benoit - All-Time Post Season Defenseman Assists - 22
P.K. Subban, Andre Benoit & Alex Henry - All-Time Post Season Defenseman Game Winning Goals - 2 (tied)
P.K. Subban - All-Time Post Season Defenseman OT Goals - 1 (tied)
Andre Benoit - All-Time Post Season Defenseman Plus/Minus - +15
Andre Benoit - Single Post Season Defenseman Points - 14 (tied)
Andre Benoit - Single Post Season Defenseman Assists - 11 (tied)
P.K. Subban - Single Post Season Defenseman Game Winning Goals - 2 (tied)
P.K. Subban - Single Post Season Defenseman OT Goals - 1 (tied)
Curtis Sanford - All-Time Post Season Shutouts - 2 (tied)
Curtis Sanford - Single Post Season Shutouts - 2 (tied)
well a lot of the records PK set were records that weber had JUST broken last season. Not so sure about the other ones.
Yah, Weber's good year in 08-09 got overshadowed big time lol Weber is still a legit prospect though, can't wait till he makes the team.
Other than that, the second half of the list is a little odd, it's basically guys who stayed with the organization who got more points as the seasons accumulated. Being on the all time list isn't necessarily a good thing, in a lot of cases it means you never made the next jump to the NHL. Example: Andrei Benoit.