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03-29-2013, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by AllanMTL46 View Post
2nd powerplay unit?
hopefully since it's where he would shine as he's dangerous on the PP.

Originally Posted by Phil Parent View Post
My preliminary judgment on Beaulieu is that he is a poor man's PK Subban on draft day. If you remember, PK on draft day was seen as having no defensive awareness whatsoever but a world of talent on the attack. Thanks to some maturity, experience and coaching, he's become pretty well rounded.

Beaulieu I see being much the same. Let's see how well he rounds up.
I could see him being a poor mans Subban.

Originally Posted by SB164 View Post
Can any one give us a scouting report on Nathan Beaulieu? And who would make an accurate NHL comparable to him?
He's got size, skating, speed and confidence. Moves the puck well and likes to rush it up ice. Has the mobility, skating, foot speed to cover a lot of ground. Knows what to do with the puck in the offensive zone and is willing to take risks.

On the downside he mades poor decisions in his own end with the puck, gets caught out of position a good bit and like any high flying D he's going to have his fair share of bad pinches. His defensive game reminds me of Hainsey's when he was in the AHL.

Originally Posted by SouthernHab View Post
Will be great to see him play in a Habs sweater.
Always good to see your 1st round picks in the NHL. This will mean all but one of the Habs 1st round picks under Timmins have appeared in an NHL game within the past 2 seasons. Beaulieu will be the 29th draft pick of Timmins to appear in an NHL game.

Originally Posted by Estimated_Prophet View Post
I think this is part of a very well thought out development strategy. The club is supplying motivation, confidence and a sense of achievement for these young D-men. If they were left on the big team for too long their confidence would be demolished as their flaws would slowly but surely be exploited by opposing NHL players and coaches.

They are given a chance to experience the power and speed of the NHL while being put in relatively safe matchups. They know that it is just a temporary call up so they are not confused or dejected when they return to Hamilton. One of the hardest things to do is to have confidence that you are progressing when you can't necessarily see it from one day to the next. This is an ingenious idea to instill that confidence as the game will now come easier to them at the AHL level and they can feel better about their respective short term prospects of making the NHL. They will notice a tangible difference in their effectiveness on the ice and this is the most effective way to instill confidence in a young player.
It's certainly very interesting to see this approach. It's a refreshing change of pace and shows that the organization understands that development (along with asset management) have crippled the Habs in the past and the new management team seems intent on fixing these problems which is great to see.

Originally Posted by IceDaddy View Post
it must be a showcase type thing. Im not sure he has played well enough to deserve a call up....
He has played well enough.

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