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Dawes, Engqvist assigned to Hamilton

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens announced Thursday that left winger Nigel Dawes and centreman Andreas Engqvist have been assigned to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.

Dawes, 26, suited up for the Canadiens’ last four games. The 5’09” and 200 lbs left winger was held pointless with three shots on goal, eight hits and three blocked shots, while averaging 6:44 of time on ice.

Dawes leads the Bulldogs with 54 points (33 goals, 21 assists) in 55 games this season. He ranks first on the team and in the AHL with 33 goals. Nine of his goals have been tallied on the power play and one while shorthanded. He displays a +7 plus/minus differential, has collected 169 shots on goal and served 17 penalty minutes.

Born in Winnipeg, Dawes was a fifth round pick, 149th selection overall, by the New York Rangers in 2003. He was acquired from the Thrashers, along with Brent Sopel, last February 24.

The 6’04’’, 197 lbs centreman, aged 23, suited up for three games with the Canadiens this season, including his first NHL contest on January 21 at Ottawa. Engqvist was held pointless, while recording one shot on goal, two hits and three blocked shots and averaging 8:45 minutes of ice time per game.

Engqvist appeared in 62 games with the Bulldogs this season, registering 21 points (8 goals, 13 assists). Two of his goals were scored on the power play. He has collected 122 shots on goal, maintained a +8 plus/minus differential and served 16 penalty minutes.

A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Engqvist signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on July 13, 2009.

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