The Montreal Canadiens hit the ice for the first time on Thursday with head coach Michel Therrien experimenting with lines out of the gate.

Two of his lines involved players already familiar with one another with sophomores Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher centred by Lars Eller and Ryan White in between Brandon Prust and Travis Moen.

"We'll try different lines during the camp" Therrien told reporters afterwards. "But we already have a good idea of what we want to do."

In an interesting move prospect Christian Thomas - the son of former NHLer Steve Thomas acquired over the summer for Danny Kristo - joined veterans Rene Bourque and Tomas Plekanec while newcomer Daniel Briere was grouped with long-time linemates Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais.