As many of us were expecting a swift call up of newly acquired Marc-Andre Bergeron it seems as though the Habs feel he needs more time to get it going.
Shawn Belle was called up yesterday to round out the defense as Yannick Weber had been sent down.
Some might not like this move but I don’t mind it at all.
Belle doesn’t have much more experience then Weber has in the NHL, he has played 9 games total and that’s 3 more then Weber.
But Belle isn’t the same type of player as Weber. Belle is more of a stay at home defensemen and is much bigger and stronger then Weber. What he may be able to provide Jacques Martin is more solid play in front of his goaltender. Belle will add some muscle out there and although we’re badly missing Andrei Markov’s offense we’re also missing the grit that Ryan O’Byrne was showing.
Belle will add some of that defensive grit.
I don’t expect that Belle will have a long stay in Montreal unless (God forbid) there’s another injury on defense. I fully expect that Marc-Andre Bergeron will be in Montreal sooner then later BUT as this season is looking like it will potentially be a long one, if Shawn Belle plays good sound defense for Jacques Martin it may not be the last time we see him this season.
Jacques Martin had given young players a fair shot back in his Ottawa days, he and Perry Pearn may be able to use a guy like Belle effectively.
So Shawn…. hope you have some good strong games in Montreal.