Far more likely Bergevin's concern here is Hamilton Bulldogs are playing their 3rd game in three nights and playing the Toronto Marlies for tops in their Division and 2nd in their Conference. With Tinordi and Beaulieu on defence with Holland helping lead the offence it's possible to maintain top spot.
The 'kids' do not care about the Calder cup. All of them have played on winning teams and were probably team leaders before they were drafted.
They now care about making millions in the NHL playing for Habs. If Dogs win by extension, fine, but who gives a **** if not? If you think otherwise you are being naive.
These guys are not kids, they are ambitious young men who are already playing pro.
Sounds like Scott Gomez talking, most of the players the Habs draft or sign have character and passion for the game two priorities that are high on Marc Bergevin's list of qualities he looks for in players. As far as being naive, that's a quality outgrown by most men by the end of their teens and I happen to be in my 50's smartass.
I didn't say Beaulieu is playing great and doesn't need more development. Just that he's better than most of the D on our team currently.. which says all it needs to say about our defense.
Doug Hamilton is playing better than most of Boston's dmen..does that make Boston's blueline bad? Seth Jones..drafted a few months ago, is already the second-best dman on Nashville..does that mean their blueline is porous? Beaulieu is a former top 20 pick like Hamilton and Jones...he's supposed to play better than undrafted dmen like Diaz and Bouillon....not that he was.
Also liked what i saw from Leblanc i think he is starting to understand that his future might not be on a top 6 but more a top 9.
Le Match yesterday echoed the same thing, recalling how Pascal Vincent who was Lebanc's junior coach, thought his ceiling was that of a third liner. They said of him that he doesn't have through-the-roof skills but that his calling card is his work ethic and sheer determination. They said the Habs exaggerated Leblanc's talent when they selected him, as they saw him as a potential top 6 player.