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02-19-2013, 11:01 PM
Rob Scuderi
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Pittsburgh will select D, Barry Beck

Let me start by saying, Barry Beck is a defensive defenseman. The fact that he was projected to score like he did as a rookie seems to throw people into thinking he was a high-risk player, which just wasn't the case. He never developed into the puckmover some hoped and settled as a force of nature who took care of his own end.

His voting record isn't the best left, but it's pretty solid.
AST: 6 (78), 5 (79), 6 (80), 9 (82), 17 (83), 8 (84)

Beck led his team's in estimated TOI every year of his career except in 1981 when he was less than a minute under the leader. Note this excludes 1990 when he tried to return to the NHL but couldn't play the entire year or playoffs.

Here's what some of the scouting reports had to say about his game over the years. (I'll have more of these writeups in his bio.)

Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey - 1980
Prized young defenseman who can do it all...Strong and mean when has to be...Raised eyebrows with spectacular effort in first game against Soviet team in Challenge Cup series...One the most sought-after players in the league after only two seasons...Rockies have reportedly turned down $1 million from various teams...
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey - 1982
Perhaps the most dominant defenseman in the defensive end of the ice in the league because of his size, strength, and ability to neutralize rival forwards with jarring bodychecks...Capable of rushing with the puck and being a dynamic offensive threat but played more of a defensive role last season...Seldom makes a bad play...Feared so much as a fighter that few opposing players challenge him...Has developed into a forceful, respected team leader as Rangers' captain...
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey - 1985
"He's a dominant force every time he's on the ice," says Buffalo GM-coach Scotty Bowman...Best known for neutralizing opposing forwards with smashing body checks...Has powerful, accurate shot form blue line but usually concentrates on defense more than offense...

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