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Should Habs Give Thomas Beauregard One More Try?

Deep in the Junior Hockey Leagues lies a former Habs prospect Thomas Beauregard. With 17 points in 17 games currently for the  Wichita Thunder of the CHL Beauregard has returned from Europe to give it one more chance at playing in North America.  The last place AHL Hamilton Bulldogs gave up on him some time back (after playing 8 games in his first season for the Bulldogs). Beauregard was the top goal scorer and an important member of the Cincinatti Cyclones Kelly Cup winning Team (along with his former teammates David Desharnais and Cedrick Desjardins, Matt Aubin, Olivier Latendresse all former Bulldogs players). He once scored 71 goals for Acadie-Bathurst Titan and was the leading goal scorer on the team contributing to the success of his team-mates Dany Masse, Mathieu Carle (both Bulldogs players).

Even Guy Carbonneau was impressed by his talent. The poor guy had been down on his luck when he got injured in his draft year and went undrafted. His brother David had lost his eye sight in one eye while playing and continued playing although declared partially blind. Montreal native Thomas Beauregard has always been an offensive skilled threat on every team he has played. He is one of the few natural goal scorers left in hockey. 

Remember many decades ago a young player initially prone to injury named Maurice Richard was called up to the Montreal Canadiens from their farm team. The rest was history. What if the team had given up on him due to his injuries and never let him play for the Habs? Thomas’ offensive skill and perseverance are  very reminiscent of Maurice Richard. Watching him go one-on-one with Max Pacioretty in rookie camp a few years back and undress the current Habs star, you wonder, what if he played for the Habs like his former teammate David Desharnais (whom Thomas had more goals than in their Kelly Championship winning team the Cincinatti Cyclones). With not having had a 50 goal scorer since Stephan Richer in the 1980’s, what has GM Pierre Gautheir and the Habs organization to lose by giving the Montreal born French Canadian winger one more chance and playing him in his naturally slotted role as a goal scorer.

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