Beaulieu's skating is deceiving people into thinking he looks good out there IMO. His skating is amazing and he was handling the puck well but holy **** his positioning is brutal and he pinches way too much. This is the first I've watched him since his brutal Memorial Cup games and I'm still not impressed by the lack of D.
And him pinching a lot makes people believe he is bad defensively. Every other D out there in the 1st didn't pinch, and I've seen 1000 times more bad reads from them than him. Most of pinches are evident so that a winger does have the time to take his place. The guy sees that it's not going their way, tries to create something. And again, was NOT in the center of most of the bad positioning we've seen in this 1st period.
Thats what I was going to write, not impressed one bit with Leblanc.. There is no one he makes the Habs when the game resume if he keeps playing like that.. Makes you appreciate the Prust Armstrom even more..