I understand that's what Claude told the media...saying he's young, tired etc.
But to me, it was a message....he's done this in the past to Seguin, Kessel.
IMO, if he really wanted to give him rest...he wouldn't of tried playing him with Z. He did that to give the kid more confidence...but it didn't pan out so much and Bart was making less mistakes.
No, it was a rest. Hamilton has been playing hockey since September without a break, including the WJC in Russia. He was headed toward the rookie wall at top speed. Resting him now is aiming at keeping him from crashing and burning in the playoffs.