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12-14-2012, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by habs03 View Post

Subban defensive game is just so good, I think he is sooo underrated defensively, I know he makes a few big errors once in a while, but its usually just by him trying to be too aggressive offensively. As someone else said, his 1 on 1 battles are off the chart, and his puck battles along the boards is great, he probably is the best or one of the best in the league in winning puck battles and clearing the puck on pks.

As for Beaulieu, his offesive skills are off the chart, better than Subban's imo (I think Subban is abit overrated offensively). But I don't think Beaulieu will come close to being as good as Subban in his own end. Whenver I watch Beaulieu I see alot of Mike Green, maybe not as good but more aggressive/tougher.
I think Beaulieu in time will be above average defensively if he can A-fill in his body to 210-215lbs and be as strong on his skates as Subban and not just use his height as leverage B-learn which plays he can and can't make in the pros(this is a normal process for skilled d-men moving up the chain). He will probably take 2 years AHL versus 1 for Subban because 1-he is not as physically mature 2-he is a bit younger/late birthday 3-there are more young guys right ahead of him(Subban Diaz Weber Emelin St.Denis?) just breaking in.

I don't like the Green comparison because the Hbas will develop his defensive game before he gets to the NHL unlike Green who came up early and was given the green light to go run and gun with Ovechkin Semin Backstrom and co. The "Beaulieu's defensive game is bad" thing is way overblown like it was for Subban...young offensive d-men until they have 2-3 years in the NHL will make blunders with the puck that will cost goals, this is normal and doesn't put them on a path to just be a 3rd pair PP specialist or a "Mike Green"(Green has actually made huge strides defensively since Boudreau was fired).

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