It was clear halfway through training camp there were only three players, defencemen Jarred Tinordi and Greg Pateryn plus forward Michael Bournival, who are close to bringing their game to NHL level.   Tinordi and Bournival survived the Canadiens third roster cutdown Thursday along with defenceman Nathan Beaulieu who missed all but Wednesday night’s exhibition game in Ottawa because of an early training camp shoulder injury.  Pateryn was part of a group of eight players released Thursday.

canadiens dressing room

Ultimately, Pateryn was among a group of eight players released to the Hamilton Bulldogs.  Along with Pateryn were fellow defencemen Magnus Nygren, Darren Dietz plus forwards Michael Blunden, Martin St-Pierre,  Christian Thomas, Nick Tarnasky and Patrick Holland.

That leaves 27 players in camp including defencemen Alexei Emelin, Douglas Murray and Davis Drewiske plus forward George Parros who have been sidelined by injuries.  It is expected that the three rookies will be sent to Hamilton when Murray, Drewiske and Parros are healthy enough to play.  We won’t be seeing Emelin until some time in December.

Both Beaulieu and Bournival will be in the lineup Thursday when the Canadiens play their seventh and final exhibition game against Ottawa at the Bell Centre.  After playing in all six games, Tinordi will get the night off.   Brian Gionta will play in his first game.  Carey Price is expected to play the entire game.

Canadiens  Lines vs. OttawaSeptember 26, 2013

67-Pacioretty –      51-Desharnais   –   45-Briere

17 -Bourque   –    14-Plekanec –     21-Gionta

27-Galchenyuk   –     81-Eller –     11-Gallagher

32-Moen    –             53-White –   49-Bournival

61 -Diaz          –    79-Markov

76-Subban    –    26-Gorges

55-Bouillon     –   40-Beaulieu

30 -Price