We tend to forget that defencemen Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu are 21-year olds and continue to be, in hockey development terms, works in progress.
So far this season it has been Beaulieu who has yo-yo’ed back and forth between the Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs so that he can log at least some ice time. Now it’s Tinordi’s turn.
With Hamilton scheduled to play three games this weekend, Tinordi, who was a healthy scratch Tuesday night against Edmonton, will be afforded the opportunity to get in some much-needed intense ice-time. Beaulieu meanwhile practiced Wednesday as part of the third defensive pairing with Francis Bouillon.
At the same time, Greg Pateryn, who has been Hamilton’s best defenceman through their first five games of the season, has been called up. In his second year as a professional, the 6’2″ 222 lb. Pateryn has developed into an offensive threat from the blueline after scoring only 6 goals in 142 games over four years at the University of Michigan. Pateryn currently shares the Hamilton scoring lead with 2 goals and 2 assists in five games. He is second on the team in shots on goal with 12.
At practice Wednesday the lines were
Galchenyuk – Eller – Gallagher
Bournival – Plekanec – Gionta
Bourque – Desharnais – Moen
Holland – White – Blunden
Markov – Subban
Gorges – Diaz
Bouillon – Beaulieu