Montreal Canadiens rookie camp is in full swing. Some players are very familiar with how the camp works, while for others this is the first time they're getting a taste of an NHL training camp.
Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu are two veteran players attending rookie camp. Both were called up to the NHL for the first time last season and now hope to become regular fixtures in the Habs' line up this season. That might not be so easy, as general manager Marc Bergevin signed Douglas Murray and re-signed Davis Drewiske, two veteran NHL blueliners, this off-season.
Tinordi and Beaulieu are still optimistic about their chances. Bergevin has made it clear if a rookie shows him they deserve a spot on the team he will make room. That is exactly the mindset the two defensemen are coming into camp with.
"I'm going to try and make Bergevin make a tough decision" Tinordi said.
Beaulieu spent the summer living in Montreal and training with Pierre Allard, the Habs' strength and conditioning coach in Brossard. Tinordi spent the summer training in London, Ontario with the same trainer he has been with for the past three summers.
Another player who hopes to make an impression with Habs management is Michael McCarron, who was drafted 25th overall by the Habs at this year's NHL draft. McCarron had a difficult decision to make this off-season. Prior to the draft, he was set to play this fall at Western Michigan University, but he ultimately decided to play for the London Knights in the OHL. He believes the OHL would allow him to better develop his physical game. During the summer, he trained in London alongside Canadiens tough guy Brandon Prust.
In McCarron's first OHL game, not only did he drop the gloves for teammate Max Domi, son of former NHLer Tie Domi, but he also scored his first OHL goal. McCarron hopes to put his physical game to the test in the pre-season game against the Boston Bruins on September 14.