The AHL Playoffs: A Great Place To Start Your Pro Hockey Career

May 7th, 2010 by Mike MacDonald Leave a reply »
The lad in the photo is Gabriel Dumont.

Gabriel was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2009 Entry Draft from the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL.

After four seasons in Drummondville, Dumont signed with the Canadiens on an entry level contract on Friday April 30th, 2009.

While the Montreal Canadiens were upsetting the NHL's regular season champions the Washington Capitals, the Habs' American Hockey League affiliate was in their AHL playoff series playing the Manitoba Moose.

Manitoba is the primary affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks. The "Baby Habs" beat the Moose four games to two and moved on to play the Abbotsford Heat, the top affiliate of the Calgary Flames.

Everything happened fast for Gabriel, as the Habs had to think quick as they were going through an injury spell.

When both your primary affiliate and your parent club are still in the playoffs it's hard to promote and demote players. The AHL has a clear day roster date in which players with NHL experience need to be on AHL rosters for postseason play.

Throw on top of that the fact that your parent club, in this case, the Canad ...

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