No but what’s with the hype amongst Habs’ fans with Mikkel Boedker may I ask? How many of those people are following the Arizona Coyotes’ games? From what I’m reading and taking into consideration that they are not often on television, they are not a big draw and they play in the western association, I’d guess very few.
Yet, it seems like there seems to be some infatuation that Boedker should be high on Marc Bergevin’s target list of players to acquire! Living in British Columbia, I get to watch my second favourite team, the Vancouver Canucks, more than I really should this season and with them being in a tight playoff race with the Coyotes, I tend to pay a bit more attention to the pending UFA. And I’ll tell you what: if Boedker is (or should be) the Canadiens’ top priority, the team is in a world of trouble and fans will be very disappointed.
What he has going for him is his age, as he turned 26 last month. He also has some decent offensive flair and is known for his speed, but that’s where it stops. Every time he’s on the ice, his team is in trouble in his zone, or so it seems. In spite of having 31 points in 40 games this season, Boedker has a team worse minus – 15, the only player in minus double-digits on the Coyotes.
Further, only 13 of Boedker’s 31 points were on the powerplay, which means that being minus – 15, he was on the ice 33 times for goals against his team at even strengths or on the powerplay. Amazing isn’t it? And don’t bring the team record as the Canadiens and the Coyotes now have similar records.
How would someone like him survive with a coach like Michel Therrien who, while encouraging offensive forecheck, also insists on back pressure and back check? Think about it folks… There are much, much better options out there.
There is no denying that in order for a team to be successful throughout a season and during a playoffs’ run, it must have tons of quality depth. There is also no denying that with the CBA designed the way it is today, teams are reluctant in sending players waivers eligible to the minors in fear of losing them to other teams.
The Canadiens’ organisation doesn’t have to look long and hard to remember when François Beauchemin, called up from the AHL to fill-in for an injured Sheldon Souray, was sent back down when the veteran defenseman was healthy again, only to be claimed by the Columbus Blue Jackets in September 2004… and we know the career that he’s had since.
By not wanting to risk the same with young promising prospects Jarred Tinordi and Greg Pateryn, General Manager Marc Bergevin decided to keep eight defensemen with the big club to start the season. What is more puzzling however is the fact that it took until November 14th for Pateryn to see any game action and to December 21st for Tinordi to do the same. Pateryn has skated in 10 of the Canadiens’ 42 games so far, while Tinordi only took part in three games!
It gets more bizarre! When injuries occurred to the defensive core, Mark Barberio was called up and he has played in five consecutive games since. It looks like he will be playing a sixth game as this morning at practice, he was seen on the powerplay with Nathan Beaulieu, replacing injured Jeff Petry who is day to day with a lower body injury.
While everyone can understand not wanting to lose players to waivers, one has to wonder what not playing at all does for the development of Pateryn (25) and Tinordi (23) and really, what good it serves for all parties involved.
Yes, we keep hearing that a trade could happen but come on, it’s been 42 games, passed the halfway point of the season. Credit to both players for not pulling a Jonathan Drouin (Lightning) or Kerby Rychel (Blue Jackets) and going public with trade requests! How long before they do though, and could anyone in their right mind blame them for doing so?