I spit out my coffee reading all the 'reports' from the local pros here, don't quit your day jobs. lol at all the 'his skating looks weak' comments. The kid looks great, he just stepped into the NHL and is making nice passes on both ends of the rink. Yeah, he got this far in life (the CHL, team Canada, the AHL and the NHL) because his skating is weak.... thanks for all the awesome input from the hockey insiders here.
He looked the best surprisingly. Not that the PP needs help but Gorges/Bouillon on the 2nd wave is both safe and effective. He's got the wheels to recover from a giveaway and Gorges/Boo can have his back.
I saw highlights of him with the Bulldogs and he looks like a rover out there. I see him as a Jake Gardiner style player - always skating, handling the puck. Hopefully his positioning and decision making continues to improve.
Firstly, talking "frame" Larry Robinson was 6'4" in an age where guys were shorter, probably equivalent to a 6'6" guy these days. Beaulieu is 6'1"-6'2" which is average height for a defenseman.
Bouwmeester had Larry Robinson potential. Tyler Myers had Larry Robinson potential.
Beaulieu is not on that level or prospect, those guys were elite prospects at one point, and neither of those guys hit their potential (yet at least) either. I'm talking realistic potential, don't start with a semantical debate on the definition of that. I could, theoretically, become Prime Minister. But that aint gonna happen. If everything works out, Beaulieu will be a nice secondary offensive d-man with 40 points a year or in his prime. Nothing wrong with that. But anyone who thinks he can sniff Larry Robinson, or even a PK Subban, is completely out to lunch.
This post is right on the money.
I saw Robinson play one of his first games in the NHL against the North Stars. It was obvious to anyone who had any understanding of the game that Robinson was going to be a special player. I saw nothing awkward about him. His combination of size and skating ability for the early 1970s made him a unique player. To see Beaulieu as having the same potential impact is pure wishful folly. Fans have a tendency to overrate their team's prospects and then quickly turning on them when they fail to meet their unrealistic expectations. As for Beaulieu, he has a nice set of skill sets. Let's see if he develops into a regular NHLer before electing him to the Hall of Fame.
Just curious about the comparison's to Wiz -- does Nathan have even remotely the shot that Wiz does? That stuff is pure power. He's the guy I would have wanted to pick up if his cap hit wasn't so high. Then again, he IS a solid roster player if we acquired him for a couple of years. I'm sure we could make space. Sorry, veering off into what belongs in the other thread.