Thread: Proposal: Dallas - Montreal
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09-15-2012, 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Faidh ar Rud Eigin View Post
Beaulieu is never going to be in the NHL for his defense, and it's still not great. You're looking for serious progression in his game, his offense taking that next step, or truly becoming a two-way guy. Beaulieu hasn't done either of that, improving his putrid defense to somewhat mediocre doesn't do much.

Not going to list an order of defensemen, but I suspect I can come close to 25 just of listing in random order.

Dougie Hamilton
Brandon Gormley
Ryan Murray
Ryan Murphy
Morgan Reilly
Duncan Siemens
Tyson Barrie
Jamie Oleksiak
Jonas Brodin
Oscar Klefbom
Justin Schultz
Sami Vatanen
Matt Dumba
Griffin Reinhart
Joe Morrow
Jacob Trouba
Jon Merill
Simon Després
Jonathan Blum
Derrick Pouliot
Hampus Lindholm
Brenden Smith

That's not 25, but it's 22 defensemen I would take over Beaulieu, and then there's lots of other players I would put in the same tier as Beaulieu (Tinordi, Harrington, McIlrath, Koekkoek ect) that you could make the case for.
Because YOU would do that doesn't mean that the rest of the league would.

For example, just compare the ratings of the players you've listed above to Beaulieu's on this very site (Hockey's Future) and see where he ranks according to them.

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