I would like to get some opinions on our defensive depth and where you would rank our current young defensemen or where you think they will be in the next 2 years.
Here is a list of our defense:
|1. Nathan Beaulieu||CHL||8.0||C|
|2. Jarred Tinordi||Pro||7.5||C|
|3. Dalton Thrower||CHL||7.0||C|
|4. Morgan Ellis||Pro||7.0||C|
|5. Darren Dietz||CHL||7.0||C|
|6. Greg Pateryn||Pro||6.5||C|
|7. Magnus Nygren||Europe||6.5||C|
|8. Josiah Didier||NCAA||6.5||C|
|9. Colin Sullivan||NCAA||6.5||C|
|10. Mac Bennett||NCAA||6.5||C|
|11. Joe Stejskal||Pro||5.5||C|
You can add in guys like Frederic St.Denis, Antoine Corbin if you like.
In 2 years I would put Jarred Tinordi as a 5th/6th d-man with the big club, Nathan Beaulieu could also make the team next year but I would see him as getting some call-ups here and there but spending most of the year in Hamilton. For Morgan Ellis, I see him making the Habs roster as a 6th defensemen depending on how he develops over the summer. If Ellis has a good camp i wouldn't be surprised to see him playing in Montreal. I think Dalton Thrower will play another year in junior, and Darren Dietz will be a top 4 d-man with Hamilton. For Magnus Nygren judging from his fantastic ongoing season in the SEL I would like to see him develop in Hamilton for the next 2 years but I believe he has signed in Sweden for another year or so? regardless he looks promising so far. I don't know to much about Colin Sullivan so i think he will be playing another year in the NCAA as well as Didier. Greg Pateryn will likely fight hard for a spot with the Habs but ultimatley i see Tinordi taking that position barring any drastic moves in the summer that could open another spot. I would like to see Mac Bennett play in Hamilton as he can develop his defensive game better there then in College hockey. Joe Stejskal looks like a depth guy I believe he has decent potential to be a depth defensemen in the NHL but at this point he will likely be with Hamilton.
What do you guys think?