BROSSARD, Que. --
The Montreal Canadiens
are holding their first day on ice at training camp 2012 on Saturday with 60 of the 64 players here strapping on the skates.
The biggest omissions is defenseman Andrei Markov
, who is still recovering from December knee surgery and said Friday he is not sure when he will be able to return. In addition, 2009 first-round pick Louis Leblanc
is not skating as he, too, recovers from May shoulder surgery, and fellow prospects Joonas Nattinen
(second round, 2009) and Olivier Fortier
(second round, 2007) are also injured.
The Canadiens have split the remaining 60 players into three groups, and the way they've been split is of some interest because each of them feature three forwards that could make up the team's top three lines when the regular season begins.