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MONTREAL - These days, the Bulldogs are picking up major frequent flyer miles from Hamilton to Montreal.
After Ryan White
and Tom Pyatt made the trek east to Montreal exactly two weeks ago, it was Sergei Kostitsyn, J.T. Wyman and David Desharnais
’ turn to book their tickets to the Big Leagues. With so many players making the jump to the NHL ranks at the moment, the baby Habs that remain on the farm have had to step up their game to fill in. Luckily for the Bulldogs, that’s exactly what Brock Trotter has been doing all season.
Snubbed by all 30 NHL teams in back-to-back Drafts in 2006 and 2007, Trotter finally got a call from Trevor Timmins in February 2008 while he was starring for the University of Denver Pioneers. While he suited up for just 21 games with the Bulldogs in 2007-08, Trotter only missed four games with the ‘Dogs last year. Eighteen goals and 31 assists later, the young pivot has been an integral part of the 2009-10 campaign since the start of the season.
With new coaches behind the bench and new players in the room, Trotter is now a veteran in Hamilton, despite being just 22 years old. And that’s exactly how head coach Guy Boucher has treated him. With an “A” stitched to his sweater in the first month of the season, the 5-foot-10 forward also earned himself a spot centering the Bulldogs’ No. 1 line.
In his third AHL season, Trotter has elevated his game to another level, notching a team-leading 15 points in 20 games to date. He has enjoyed a pair of point streaks this year, as well, exploding out the gate in October with a five game streak, which he followed up by posting four points in three games in November.
With call-ups and injuries leaving the Bulldogs short on man-power up front, Trotter has taken it upon himself to make sure that the lights over opposing goaltender’s heads stay lit down in Hamilton. Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis.See also100 Years of trivia Habs call up David Desharnais Habs call up J.T. Wyman Habs acquire Pouliot, trade Latendresse Canadiens call up Sergei Kostitsyn