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11-14-2012, 10:23 PM
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I think you are expecting a little too much of him, it was widely predicted Beaulieu would struggle for at least half a season as skill-first defenders usually do when they move up a level. Subban's development curve spoiled a lot of people.
Beaulieu is clearly a step above in skill from the rest of that team IMO, I think he's pretty safe to make it in the NHL as a puck mover and power play specialist, the question is if he can improve his defensive game enough to be a top pairing type..which really comes down to decision making for him since he has the speed and fairly good size.
The Dogs are pretty brutal overall right now, which isn't helping.
Indeed, nobody in this team has close the offensive skills he has, but his game needs alot of refine, he has to learn first how to become a real Pro, think like a Pro, eat like a Pro and act like a Pro.. Needs alot of work defensively and the kid needs to bulk up alot IMO, when I saw him at the Dogs pre camp, his upper body shape looked more like the one of a teenager than a man and I heard he didnt come in very good shape as well.. I think he has NHL potential but I also think he could spend more time than some people expect in the AHL.. Possibly 2 full seasons before getting some callups here and there.. Still, as everyone I like the potential and think his upside is very high since his puckmoving skills are amazing when he is on his game..
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