The Gazette’s Stephanie Myles writes that for Thomas Beauregard, it’s been a long journey, one that is still far from over. The 21-year-old winger was never drafted by an NHL team, but after scoring 71 goals with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan last season, the Canadiens signed him to an AHL contract.
Now he’s out to prove he can play at the NHL level.
“My dream is to one day play in the NHL, so I hope to get there,” he said. “I knew, in my heart, if I just continued to work hard – especially with the season I had last year. I’m sure it opened a lot of people’s eyes. Now, I don’t want to look back any more. I’ll only look forward, and we’ll see what happens.”
Beauregard is one of only two undrafted players at the Canadiens development camp this week, the other being goaltender Andrew Loverock. But unlike Beauregard, who at 21 is short on options, Loverock is still 17 and can return to junior to improve his stock.
“You have to work hard, all the time,” Loverock said. “You don’t have that opportunity that the higher draft picks get. So you have to work harder, prepare more, and get better.”
WIth the Mississauga Ice Dogs last season, he posted a 31-13-3 record, but failed to draw any attention on draft day. Instead, he will be taking part in rookie camps for several teams before making a decision about his future.