Islanders 2015 first round pick Anthony Beauviller has been suspended by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for four games after getting a game misconduct for a hit to the head of Blainville-Boisbriand Armada defenseman Nathanael Halbert.
The hit happened in the Armada's 5-4 OT win over Beauvillier and the Shawinigan Cataractes on Sunday.
Less than a minute into the overtime, Halbert crossed into the Shawinigan zone and lined up a shot on net. After shooting, he was hit from the side by Beauvillier, who was behind the play. You can see Beauvillier's elbow move a little in the second angle. Not a smart play by the kid to say the least.
Beauvillier, who also scored two goals in the game, will miss the Cataractes' next four but is eligible to play for Team QMHJL against Russia in their two Super Series games today and Thursday. Halbert will be out "3-4 weeks" due to the hit.
Beauvillier told RDS that he didn't mean to injure Halbert. Google Translated:
"It's hard to explain. It happened so fast. I saw that I had a chance to hit it and complete, but I never thought it was so vulnerable, "tried to explain Beauvillier after the meeting.
The Islanders signed Beauvillier to a three-year entry level contract last month after a strong first camp with the club.