Thread: Post-Game Talk: Sabres win 3-1 (EN)
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09-22-2011, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Andy View Post
A few things I'd like to know about Beaulieu because I missed the game last night.

1. His skating laterally, backwards and forwards. I hear is back skating needs some work.

2. His passing skills/ puck movement

3. His vision of the game

4. If his errors were a lack of hockey sense or a speed of the game issue...this is really important.
1 - His skating looked great. Didn't look out of place at all skating backwards.

2 & 3 - His passing puck movement and vision were definitely his strong points. He made a few really nice passes to head the rush and in the offensive zone.

4 - He made a few soft passes that were intercepted (or nearly intercepted) that cause odd-man rushes.
He was caught out of position a few times while pinching and taking himself out of the play.
He doesn't have very good man-to-man coverage in the defensive zone. Not sure if it's a size or coaching issue.

I don't think he has poor hockey sense, but it isn't just a speed of the game thing. He just needs to learn through coaching and experience.

IMO, he looked like he had a lot of potential.

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