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Beaulieu or Tinordi?

Habs' Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi

Before the game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Nathan Beaulieu was already in the lead for the role of the Habs’ sixth defenseman. After the game against the Blackhawks, he won that race. Beaulieu will definitely remain with the Montreal Canadiens this season.

Since the beginning of the training camp, the 2011 first-round pick played alongside Mike Weaver. If he continues to improve this season, Beaulieu could climb higher than a sixth defenseman on the Habs’ depth chart.

Although he is not as physical as Jarred Tinordi, Beaulieu makes better use of his core strengths: speed, forechecking and his vision of the game. He would also be useful on the team’s second power play unit.

Jarred Tinordi has not had a great training camp. Except for his powerful body check on Nate Schmidt, of the Washington Capitals, the big defenseman has not played up to his talent, or simply the expectations placed on him. At 6 feet 6 inches and 225 pounds, he has the size for the role, but he does not play with enough malice. His game also suffers from a lack of consistency. Increasingly, I feel that he is losing his spot on the roster.

That being said, Michel Therrien has always said that young players should play to improve their game. According to this philosophy, would the Habs prefer to keep a veteran like Francis Bouillon as their seventh defenseman or a young player like Tinordi or even Darren Dietz?

Bouillon still does not have a contract for the next season. He accepted an invitation to the Habs’ training camp. He will celebrate his 39th birthday on October 17th. Therrien knows Bouillon very well. If he were to show him the door, it would be a very emotional decision for the head coach. The two men go back many years – when Therrien coached Bouillon in juniors.

However, Marc Bergevin has long claimed that the organization has to trust its young players. Tinordi could fill the role of seventh defenseman. The Habs could use him against more robust teams like the Ottawa Senators, the Toronto Maple Leafs or the Boston Bruins.

What are your thoughts?

  • Do you agree that Nathan Beaulieu will remain with the Habs this season?
  • Should the Habs keep Francis Bouillon as their seventh defenseman?
  • Should Jarred Tinordi or Darren Dietz get that seventh spot?

Go Habs Go!