Michael McNiven

#70 G / Montreal Canadiens / EXP: YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 199 lb Age: 23 College: None

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  • McNiven is with the Canadiens as part of the team's Return to Play roster, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports. McNiven spent the bulk of the 2019-20 campaign in the ECHL, where he posted a 9-11-2 record in 22 appearances for three different clubs. The 22-year-old netminder will almost certainly be a "practice only" goalie heading into the postseason, which means he'll have no value in playoff pools or DFS contests.

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  • McNiven has been assigned to the Jacksonville Icemen of the ECHL, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports. McNiven, who spent last season with AHL Laval, had been guarding nets for the Adirondack Thunder this season before being reassigned to the Icemen. He's posted a 3-1 record with a 1.75 GAA and .941 save percentage for the Thunder. McNiven has spent brief moments on the bench at the NHL level but has not appeared in a game and is behind Cayden Primeau and Charlie Lindgren on the organization's depth chart.

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  • McNiven was reassigned to AHL Laval on Saturday. Montreal's top netminder, Carey Price, served a one-game suspension by sitting out against the Devils on Saturday, but McNiven -- who has yet to make his NHL debut -- watched Antti Niemi go the distance in the overtime loss. With Price expected to dress for Sunday's game against the Oilers, there was no need to keep McNiven at the top level. The 21-year-old has a 6-5-2 record, 2.38 GAA and .907 save percentage over 16 games for the AHL's Rocket.

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  • The Canadiens recalled McNiven from AHL Laval on Friday. McNiven will slot in as the backup for Saturday's game against the Devils with Carey Price suspended for skipping the All-Star Game. His stay will likely be a brief one, however, with Price eligible to return Sunday to face the Oilers. Antti Niemi will get the starting nod against New Jersey.

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  • McNiven is likely to be called up for Saturday's game against the Devils, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports. Carey Price has been suspended a game for declining to accept an invitation to play in the All-Star Game. That means Antti Niemi will likely start Saturday, and the Canadiens need to recall a goalie from AHL Laval. McNiven is the most likely candidate because he's still on an entry-level contract and can move freely between the AHL and NHL without being placed on waivers.

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Year GP W L OTL Min GA SO GAA PIM FPTS
2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Year Avg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0
Career 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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