Rabid Habs

Finally, a REAL Training Camp!

Habs prospects

Gone are the days when tired veterans could come to training camp out of shape and with bad attitudes while feeling secure about their spot on the roster, because there was simply no one that could’ve taken those spots from them.

What we’re seeing this year is what a real training camp should look like, which is a good group of talented young players pushing their hardest to try and take a veteran’s job away from him. We haven’t seen much of that in quite a few years let’s just say. Since Marc Bergevin took control of the Montreal Canadiens, he told us he planned on building from within, and build he did!

If we just take a look at the Hamilton Bulldogs, we get a good idea of all the work MB did during his 2 years at the helm. There are barely a handful of players left in our farm system that date back to the Gainey/Gauthier era, and they’ve almost all been replaced by better players, or players with a better upside, potential wise.

I don’t think I need to remind anyone that when Mr. Bergevin took over the Habs’ front office, our best player in Hamilton was Blake Geoffrion, a guy who barely had the potential to one day crack a bottom echelon team’s 4th line! Mind you I’m not knocking Mr. Geoffrion right now, I’m just being realistic here. Without solid prospects you can’t dream of building a top team. Fast forward to 2014 and we’re looking at guys such as Jacob De La Rose, Sven Andrighetto, Christian Thomas, Jiri Sekac and the list goes on, players that show great promise as opposed to shirt stuffers like we had in the past.

Let’s face the facts, if you wanna build a championship team, you have to have a solid farm system, and we haven’t had that in years…until now!

Oh, and let me be the first to say it, It’s about damn time!

Speaking of the list of Habs prospects, although guys like Sekac, Andrighetto and De La Rose are giving us reason to hope for a promising future, a player like Jarred Tinordi seems to be having a little trouble reaching the next level. If Tuesday’s game was an indication of where he’s at in his development, and not an aberration, our #24 might be looking at another year in Hamilton. I felt he was slow and his passing was pretty awful. Maybe it was the nerves, maybe not, we’ll hope for the best. After all, it’s still early on in the camp, he still has time to bounce back. For now the good news is he was moved to the veterans’ side of the camp. Let’s see what he does with it.

I’m going to be at the game tonight against the Avalanche, I’m sure I’ll have more to say tomorrow!

Until then thanks for reading!!