It was a disappointed but philosophical-sounding Greg Pateryn who headed back to Hamilton Thursday one of eight players at the Canadiens’ training camp who were reassigned to the Bulldogs.

“It’s obviously just disappointing but it’s part of the process” Pateryn said.

“I think they noticed that I worked on some things and I got better. And there’s a difference between the player I was last year and this year. So I’m glad that they were able to notice that” he added.

“But there’s still things that I need to work on to be a full-time NHL defenceman. And I think I’ll be able to really utilize this time in Hamilton get some good minutes in and just dominate down there.”

It was Pateryn’s first main training camp in the National Hockey League. The Canadiens acquired the 6-foot-2 Michigan native’s rights in the 2010 trade that sent forward Mikhail Grabovski to Toronto. The Maple Leafs drafted Pateryn now 23 in the fifth round at the 2008 draft 128th overall.

Pateryn a stay-at-home defenceman who plays a physical game and tries to keep things simple played four preseason games for the Canadiens and felt good at the beginning of camp.

“I think I kind of found myself on my heels a little bit toward the end of it trying to stay away from making mistakes when at the start of it I was just playing more of my game” he said. “And I think I kind of got away from that a little bit.

“I think that’s something that I’ll be able to work on too is being more consistent and just getting some confidence back down there. And hopefully if they need a guy to come up I can translate that into the NHL.”

Coach Michel Therrien noted early on during training camp that Pateryn’s skating and skills had improved a lot since last year.