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12-21-2012, 09:14 PM
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Watching Nathan Beaulieu tonight and wow I've got to say I'm extremely impressed, looks like the best skater on the ice by far. He reminds me of Bouwmeester in his prime in Florida,and Beaulieu is doing a great job at picking his spots when to jump in the play. Very dynamic player with great puck-handling ability. I feel he has a really high ceiling, top 4 NHL defenceman potential.
While I won't say he doesn't have top 4 upside really any first round pick should, I came away with the opposite impression last week when I saw him in person in Milwaukee. He fought the puck at times and if you took time and space from him or didn't let him get wound up he was a negative player on most shifts. He can skate, very impressed with that but I think his transition to the big leagues will be rough because they get on him a lot quicker and some of the high risk moves he tries will backfire in a big way.

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