MONTREAL --The Montreal Canadiens announced Tuesday that centreman Ben Maxwell and defenseman P.K. Subban
have been assigned to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. Both players will join their teammates in time for the decisive Game 7 of the AHL Western Conference Finals, between the Texas Stars and the Bulldogs, set to take place Wednesday night in Hamilton.
Maxwell, 22, was held pointless in 13 games with the Canadiens this season, recording six shots on goal and averaging 8:46 minutes of ice time per game. The 6’1”, 195 lbs forward was also held pointless in one playoff game, his first NHL career playoff contest, on May 2 at Pittsburgh.
Maxwell finished fourth on the Bulldogs’ scoring list with 44 points (16 goals, 28 assists) in 57 games. He also recorded 134 shots on goal, served 22 penalty minutes, while posting a +11 plus/minus differential. Five of his tallies were scored on the power play.
A native of North Vancouver, B.C., Maxwell was the Canadiens’ second pick (second round, 49th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Subban, 21, played two regular season games with the Canadiens in 2009-10, including his first career NHL game on February 12 at Philadelphia, recording two points (0-2-2). Called up from the Bulldogs on April 26, the 6’0”, 206 lbs defenseman played in 14 playoff games with the Canadiens, registering eight points (one goal, seven assists). He maintained a +2 plus/minus differential, registered 23 shots on goal and served six penalty minutes, while playing an average of 20 minutes 44 seconds per game.
Subban ranked third in scoring with the Bulldogs this season, third amongst AHL defensemen with 53 points (18 goals, 35 assists) in 77 games. He scored 11 powerplay goals, added 188 shots on goal and 82 penalty minutes, while maintaining a +46 plus/minus differential.
Subban contributed to the Bulldogs victory over the Manitoba Moose in the first round of the AHL playoffs, registering nine playoff points (three goals, six assists), including two game-winning goals.
The Toronto native was the Canadiens’ third pick (second round, 43rd overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.See also:History was made The ride ends here The Numbers Game - May 24, 2010