This is great! It's like a rookie buffet! Can't wait to see Beaulieu play!
The other ultra-cool thing is the absolute swagger of stocking your roster with a revolving door of rookies as we enter the final stretch of the season. Standings? Playoffs? Who cares. We'll play anyone we damn well want and STILL win!
it was time to move on from Tinordi. not that he was bad, but im all for giving a chance to Beaulieu. although he will probably only play a couple games before Bergevin makes a move for a veteran dman.
Beaulieu is better than Subban was on draft day... But didn't have the ridiculous development curve Subban had soon after.
But he's already a better defender than he was even a few months ago, and earned his shot. I guess Ellis will be next.
I remember watching that draft on TV. Beaulieu was not supposed to fall to 18, and was in fact projected to go top 10 on most mock drafts. Looking on wikipedia he was ranked the 5th best prospect in the entire draft, even before Couturier and Ryan Strome.
I remember we already had Subban and Tinordi was picked the year before, and the smile on Trevor Timmins face when they called him up to make the announcement was very noteworthy.
I think this is part of a very well thought out development strategy. The club is supplying motivation, confidence and a sense of achievement for these young D-men. If they were left on the big team for too long their confidence would be demolished as their flaws would slowly but surely be exploited by opposing NHL players and coaches.
They are given a chance to experience the power and speed of the NHL while being put in relatively safe matchups. They know that it is just a temporary call up so they are not confused or dejected when they return to Hamilton. One of the hardest things to do is to have confidence that you are progressing when you can't necessarily see it from one day to the next. This is an ingenious idea to instill that confidence as the game will now come easier to them at the AHL level and they can feel better about their respective short term prospects of making the NHL. They will notice a tangible difference in their effectiveness on the ice and this is the most effective way to instill confidence in a young player.
On April 24, 2009, Gerard Gallant was named head coach of the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL. During his three seasons in Saint John, he led the team to three first-place finishes, three league final appearances, two QMJHL championships and one Memorial Cup.