Thread: Recalled/Assigned: Nathan Beaulieu called up (Oct. 4)
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10-01-2013, 12:58 PM
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Rick16
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Originally Posted by Andy View Post
Don't you think that saying one player belongs in the lineup because he is "big" is a narrow way of analyzing who is ready to contribute in an nhl lineup?

Pateryn didn't look great near the end of camp. He struggled immensly. Beaulieu wasn't on fire, but he looked okay to good in pre-season, much better than Pateryn, especially in terms of poise and positioning.

While the habs need size on the back-end, they also need players that are competent. Pateryn showed that he isn't defensively ready, regardless of his physical readiness.
Thing is, I don't think Beaulieu is going to play, he will watch the games from the press box, meaning that the habs need right now is a 7th dman and I'd rather have Pateryn in the press box and Beaulieu playing top pairing minutes in Hamilton than the contrary.

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