Greg Pateryn assigned to Hamilton by the Montreal Canadiens

For Bruce - Joel Auerbach

Greg Pateryn has been sent back down to the AHL, without so much as a single game played.

The Montreal Canadiens have announced that they've reassigned defenseman Greg Pateryn to the Hamilton Bulldogs today. Pateryn has been up with the team since October 27th, but didn't draw into game action during his call up.

Montreal is at home for their next two games, Sunday against the New York Islanders, and Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, so they clearly don't feel the need to carry an extra defenseman.

It seems to me that there's more to it than that though, with Alexei Emelin poised to return, this move could be the precursor to the announcement that Emelin has been cleared to return. Would there be anything more welcome than that?

Pateryn being sent down to Hamilton gives the Bulldogs possibly the strongest defense core in the AHL, with Magnus Nygren finding his game on the North American sized ice, along with Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu continuing to be dominant there. Expect to see Hamilton rack up the wins while all four of those guys are playing.

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