Defenceman Matt Lashoff is hoping to rekindle his dream of a National Hockey League career with a strong showing at the Canadiens’ training camp.

“I want to show people what I can do and try to get a contract out of it” said the 27-year-old Lashoff who is in camp on a professional tryout. “I’m here with the goal of making the team. I hope to attract some attention and get a contract a one-way or a two-way or whatever.”

Lashoff who grew up in the Albany N.Y. suburb of East Greenbush has had a roller-coaster career since the Boston Bruins drafted him in the first round (22nd overall) in 2005.

The 6-foot-2 205-pounder has played parts of five seasons with three different NHL teams. He has a total of 74 NHL games under his belt but the most games he ever played in a season was 28 in 2008-09 the season Boston moved him to Tampa Bay at the trade deadline to acquire Mark Recchi.

Lashoff spent last season with the Zurich Lions in the Swiss League but said the move was not a question of giving up on his NHL dream.

“I went to Europe because of the lockout” he explained. “I missed most of the previous season after having knee surgery and I couldn’t wait around for the NHL to settle because it would have been a year and a half or possibly two years without playing.”

Lashoff said Zurich was a good fit because former NHL head coach Marc Crawford was behind the bench.

“I enjoyed playing over there and I think playing on the bigger ice surface made me a better defenceman” Lashoff said.

Lashoff faces an uphill battle. The Canadiens have been stockpiling defencemen in recent years and he is one of 15 healthy defencemen in camp including seven with one-way NHL contracts. The good news is that with seven preseason games there will be opportunities for Lashoff to prove himself.