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Nathan Beaulieu sent down to Hamilton (April 18th, 2013)

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04-02-2013, 02:06 AM
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On the long term, Beaulieu reminds me of a taller James Wisniewski with less hitting game. But the rest looks pretty damn comparable. They're even both surprisingly good fighters.

On the short-term, for the 3 youngsters the Habs have been calling up in the last few weeks, he's the one who impressed me the most. And that's coming from a huge Tinordi believer.

To me, out of 10, I'd rank their performances so far;

Beaulieu: 8/10
Tinordi: 6/10
Pateryn: 6/10

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Wisniewski, Campbell, Corvo...I like the comparisons.
Hoping for a taller/tougher version of Campbell.

I just hope he will be a way better version of Ron Hainsey...way better since I'm not a huge fan of Hainsey.
I'd bet money on it that he will (but not a betting man anymore, just hypothetical).

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He looked pretty good last night. Seems to be confident as well. Would like to see more.

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04-02-2013, 10:36 AM
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I don't get why he is listed at 6.1 on nhl.com he seems is taller than MaxPac who is 6.2 if you look at the video of the third goal last night.

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04-02-2013, 10:41 AM
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He looked good yesterday. Definitly a keeper.


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04-02-2013, 10:48 AM
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I actually really like the Keith Yandle-Beaulieu comparaison. Just hope that N8 keeps on improving his defensive positionning though.

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04-02-2013, 10:49 AM
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I watched him a lot here in Saint John and it's fun to see the Seadogs big name players graduate to the pros. He has obvious skills and I think he's going to be a very solid NHL player.

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04-02-2013, 12:08 PM
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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.

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Montreal reassigned D Nathan Beaulieu to Hamilton in the AHL.

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04-02-2013, 06:18 PM
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CLEARING UP CAP SPACE FOR A NEW DEAL

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Figured. I liked what I saw. But he isn't ready yet. He seemed nervous most of the time. But he showed some interesting offensive flair. I think he needs at least one more year to develop, at least.

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04-02-2013, 06:20 PM
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are we at 23 men on the roster without beaulieu?

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04-02-2013, 06:26 PM
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I couldn't even get to this board to report the demotion before there were a ton of posts on it already.

Poor Beaulieu, he only got a couple of out of the call-up. I hope that means he inspired enough confidence in his abilities in Bergy in such a short time.

I'm guessing Mergs wants to try out Drewiske as the next Cube-mate sooner than later.

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Makes sense to send him down. There's a revolving door of D-Men on that 6 spot with Weber, Drewiske, and Diaz (maybe?).

I actually wouldn't be surprised if another D-Man came in before tomorrow's deadline as well.

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04-02-2013, 06:38 PM
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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.

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Lavoie just tweeted that it was because the Habs had 24 players on the active roster. Makes sense to send down the tryout guy. Here's hoping Bergs isn't done moving some personnel though!

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I would have liked seeing him in the playoffs.

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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.

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04-02-2013, 07:59 PM
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I am sad. Only had the chance to see the kid play once in the NHL. I like what I saw. In any case, if Lefbreve screws up next year he should be executed

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Really liked his debut.. definitely further along in his progression than I thought.

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On the long term, Beaulieu reminds me of a taller James Wisniewski with less hitting game. But the rest looks pretty damn comparable. They're even both surprisingly good fighters.

On the short-term, for the 3 youngsters the Habs have been calling up in the last few weeks, he's the one who impressed me the most. And that's coming from a huge Tinordi believer.

To me, out of 10, I'd rank their performances so far;

Beaulieu: 8/10
Tinordi: 6/10
Pateryn: 6/10
I'd give Tinordi a 7/10, otherwise we agree.

Beaulieu's Wisniewski comparison is interesting. I know Beaulieu's got great puck-moving ability, but does he have that booming slapshot that Wiz brought?

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I would have liked seeing him in the playoffs.
You still might. The Dogs won't make the playoffs, I expect Nathan to be brought back as soon as their season ends.

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I'd give Tinordi a 7/10, otherwise we agree.

Beaulieu's Wisniewski comparison is interesting. I know Beaulieu's got great puck-moving ability, but does he have that booming slapshot that Wiz brought?
Nah, he just uses a white stick.

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Please. God. No.


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.

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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.

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