Montreal Canadiens: Corey Locke To Switzerland

Matt Eichel@@mattyalloutSenior Writer IJune 11, 2008

The Montreal Canadiens' 113th overall pick from the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Corey Locke, is reportedly being courted by Swiss Elite Team, the Kloten Flyers.

Locke has spent the last four seasons playing with Montreal's AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs.  This last season, Locke was called up to Montreal and played one game against the Chicago Blackhawks, recording no points and having a +/- rating of -1.

During the 2007 Calder Cup run by the Bulldogs, Locke was a big contributor, scoring 10 goals and adding 12 assists.

Locke's 5-foot-9, 170-pound frame has kept him in the minors these years, yet his speed makes up for his lack of size greatly.

Locke put up decent numbers in 2007-08 with 30 goals and 42 assists.

Once the CHL Player of the Year with 151 points in 2003 (63 goals, 88 assists), Locke has not been a vital part of the Canadiens plans, mostly due to his size.

Locke is an Unrestricted Free Agent and it looks like General Manager Bob Gainey has no interest in re-signing the young player.

With Locke's departure, more room will open for prospects Kyle Chipchura and Ben Maxwell.