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03-31-2013, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by PricePkPatch View Post
He's pretty good, love to see him on the team. Only problems I have with him are

1- Need to improve his reaction speed in his own zone. He got badly checked yesterday because he didn't kept his head up during a "first pass"; he needs to be wary of forechecking and do it quicker.

2- He looks ridiculously light and unbuilt. Needs some muscle. Make him train with PK in the off-season
I love Nathan Beaulieu and think he could be an all-star down the road, certainly in our own top two with Subban.

Having said that, I have to evaluate his first game honestly, and what he showed was flashes of his potential, but less readiness in the immediate than Tinordi. I would not be comfortable using Beaulieu in the playoffs unless his defensive play and strength on his skates improve quickly.

If we had one or more injuries in the playoffs, I would rank our defencemen at ES as follows:

1. Subban
2. Gorges
3. Emelin
4. Markov
5. Bouillon
6. Diaz
7. Tinordi
8. Pateryn
9. St-Denis
10. Weber
11. Beaulieu

Given the above, you can see why I would not be against a depth D coming in at a reasonable cost.

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