After getting beaten down and embarrassed by the Ottawa Senators last night and saved by the pure heroics of Carey Price, Tomas Plekanec, and P.K. Subban, the Montreal Canadiens have finally conceded that they needed to call someone up after the injuries to Alex Galchenyuk and Ryan White.
Joonas Nattinen will get the call, his first ever taste of the NHL life after a year and a half in the AHL. Nattinen is not a big point producer, but he is a big body who can play solid defense, win faceoffs, and according to Olivier Bouchard's scouting reports of the Bulldogs, generate a surprising number of scoring chances.
He's a heady player who makes smart reads and moves the puck well, so hopefully he plays against Toronto, which is a great way to begin an NHL career,
Also being called up was Nathan Beaulieu, who has been lighting it up in Hamilton of late, finally being rewarded for about 2 months of really solid play down there. This call up is the bigger surprise, as up until now Michel Therrien has been unwilling to give the youngsters on defense in Hamilton a chance, instead favouring Douglas Murray.
This move may offer the faintest glimmer of hope that perhaps the Canadiens have woken up to the fact that they've been playing awful for nearly 3 months now. If Beaulieu draws in over Murray and Francis Bouillon against the Maple Leafs, we'll have to have a bit of a celebration.
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