And now what are they going to do with them?
As expected, the Canadiens recalled defenseman Nathan Beaulieu and forward Michael Bournival after their two game weekend conditioning stint with the Hamilton Bulldogs.
The problem for both of them is the Canadiens talent depth, their lack of injuries and the team’s winning record to start the season all of which is preventing both from from getting early season NHL playing time.
Bournival hasn’t been able to get into a game at all this season and seems to have dropped behind Dale Weise, Travis Moen and Jiri Sekac in the forwards depth chart.
At the same time Beaulieu appears to have lost his job to Jarred Tinordi who has made impressive strides since a poor training camp. After being in the lineup through the season’s first four games, Beaulieu has been replaced by Tinordi for the last four. Asking a 21 year old with Beaulieu’s potential a healthy scratch on a regular basis doesn’t seem the best development path. Injuries are inevitable and both he and Bournival are going to get their chance. Sending them out to Hamilton in order stay in game shape seems to the only option at this point in time. .
TWO MAN SHOW IN HAMILTON
The Hamilton Bulldogs are off to a struggling 2-2-2 start but not forwards Charles Hudon and Sven Andrighetto.
In his final junior season at Baie Comean, NHL scouts were raving about Hudon’s ability to see the ice, his creativity and his quick hands. Six games into his first season as a pro he is living up to advance billing. Hudon leads the Bulldogs in scoring 2 goals and 5 assists. Hudon needs to work on his skating before he gets a serious look at the NHL.
Not so Andrighetto, who is Hudon’s centre so far this season. Andrighetto is getting very close to earning a shot with the Canadiens. Last season as a rookie he demonstrated NHL level skills but there was concern about his ability to overcome his lack of size (5’9″). He seems to received the message. There is much more aggressive tone to his game his season, especially on the forecheck which bodes well for his and the Canadiens future. In his six games, Andrighetto has 3 goals and 2 assists and has been dominating his games.
McCARRON PILING UP POINTS
There were some pretty influential hockey people that were saying over the summer that the Canadiens had blundered when they made 6’6” forward Michael McCarron a first round draft pick in 2013. They may have started changing their minds during Canadiens training camp before he suffered a shoulder separation which delayed the start of his junior season with the London Knights. He’s back now and part of the Knights first line with another first round draft pick, Max Domi. And he’s piling up the points. McCarron had a goal and three assists Sunday night in London’s 7-1 win at Guelph. In his two games this weekend he McCarron scored two goals and assisted on five others. In his five games since coming back from the shoulder injury he has 3 goals and 8 assists.
EIGHT POINT WEEKEND FOR AUDETTE
2014 fifth round pick Daniel Audette. Audette scored twice in the Sherbrooke Phoenix 6-4 loss in Gatineau Sunday. Combined with his 6 point performance against Moncton Friday his weekend total was 4 goals and 4 assists giving him a 15 game season total of 12 goals and 14 assists.