Discussing Habs Recent Additions

The 2016 National Hockey League trade deadline day has certainly been one of the quietest in recent memory. At this year’s deadline, including the days leading up to it, the Montreal Canadiens have added three players to the organization as well as a draft pick, while losing three players.

Let’s take a look at the recent acquisitions by the Habs:

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Photo: NHL.com

Phillip Danault
Position: Left Wing
Birthplace: Victoriaville, QC, Canada
Age: 23
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 201lbs
Drafted: 26th Overall - 1st Round (2011) / Chicago Blackhawks

Phillip Danault was traded just a few days before the trade deadline from the Blackhawks to
the Habs along with a 2nd round pick (2018) in exchange for Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann.

The Victoriaville native played the majority of his junior career with the Victoriaville
Tigres before playing the final 27 games of his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)
career with the Moncton Wildcats.

Danault was drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft which was a year which saw the likes
of Nugent-Hopkins, Landeskog, Huberdeau, Strome, Beaulieu, and more selected in the top
round. After having a successful junior career in the QMJHL with 251 points in 243 games, he
has been posting decent numbers in the American Hockey League (AHL) to date with 68 points in
160 games. Danault has seen limited National Hockey League (NHL) action, but in 33 career
games, he has 1 goal and 4 assists. Danault also played for Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF
World Juniors, recording 1 assist in the tournament.

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Photo: NHL.com

Mike Brown
Position: Right Wing
Birthplace: Chicago, IL, USA
Age: 30
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 205lbs
Drafted: 159th Overall - 5th Round (2004) / Vancouver Canucks

This one was not a trade, but after being placed on waivers by the San Jose Sharks, the
Habs claimed Mike Brown. Interestingly enough, he only had to walk across the hall in the
arena as the Habs are in San Jose to take on the Sharks later tonight.

Coming out of the United States National Development program, Mike Brown went the NCAA
route, committing to the University of Michigan in 2003 where he played for two years. In
77 college hockey games, Brown had 21 points and 146 minutes in penalties. At the start
of the 2005-06 season, Brown really made his role as a tough guy known. Despite only having
31 points in 189 AHL games over three seasons, he had tallied up 534 penalty minutes. Since
the 2008-09 season, Brown hasn't seen a game in the AHL since and has been playing in the big
leagues since. Brown has 18 goals and 16 assists for 34 points in 393 career NHL games, along
with 751 penalty minutes and a career plus/minus rating of -34.

Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin has made it clear that claiming Brown off
of waivers gives the young players some sense of protection on the ice.

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Photo: NHL.com

Stefan Matteau
Position: Centre/Left Wing
Birthplace: Chicago, IL, USA
Age: 22
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 220lbs
Drafted: 29th Overall - 1st Round (2012) / New Jersey Devils

A last minute deal as the clock ticked down to the deadline, the Canadiens dealt Devante
Smith-Pelly to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Stefan Matteau. Smith-Pelly was acquired
last season from the Anaheim Ducks for Jiri Sekac.

Stefan Matteau, the son of former NHL'er Stephane Matteau, was born in Chicago but spent some 
time growing up in Blainville, Quebec. Despite spending some time in the United States
National Development Program, Matteau took the Junior A route as opposed to NCAA, reporting
to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL. In only 35 career games in the QMJHL,
Matteau recorded 28 points and 70 penalty minutes.

Since 2013, Matteau has spent a lot of time bouncing between the New Jersey Devils and their
AHL affiliate Albany Devils. Matteau has 53 points in 129 career AHL games, as well as 3
goals and 2 assists for 5 points in 44 career NHL games.

2nd Round Pick
As part of the trade with the Chicago Blackhawks which sent Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann
packing and brought in Phillip Danault, the Habs also received a 2nd round pick in the 2018
National Hockey League Entry Draft as well. The draft will be taking place in
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