Vail turns heads at Canadiens camp

Brady Vail

Windsor Spitfires forward Brady Vail skated with future stars of the Montreal Canadiens during the team’s prospect camp in Brossard, Que., this weekend.

Vail scored a goal and showed off some of his defensive skills during an inter-squad scrimmage in front of the Canadiens’ coaching staff Sunday at the Bell Sports Complex.

Freelance reporter Dan Kramer (@DanKramerHabs), who covers the Canadiens as well as the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs, was on hand following Vail’s every move and called the six-foot-one, 190-pound forward his “favourite prospect.”

During Team White’s 6-3 loss to Team Red in Sunday’s final scrimmage, Vail scored a goal on Canadiens’ 2013 draft pick Zachary Fucale.

Vail, a fourth-round pick of the Habs during the 2012 NHL Draft, is returning to the Spitfires for a fourth season. In 68 games played last season, Vail had 20 goals and 55 points.

“Vail had two good days in camp on Friday and Saturday, using his size well and playing a responsible game,” Kramer wrote in his column for

“His skating remains an area requiring improvement, but he plays a tough brand of hockey and can show soft hands with the puck.”

Swedish forward Jacob de la Rose, who the Spitfires picked 11th overall in last week’s CHL Import Draft, missed the final scrimmage of Canadiens prospect camp. DeĀ  la Rose battled a “minor injury” all week, according to Kramer.

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