I'm going to say #4-#5 D-man. He's looked really good with Hamilton, strong defensively, making good reads, and of course he's been good offensively.
However, it's been like 10 games and he's only been solid in about 5 of them. So I'm not sold on him yet. I've never really been a fan, so I'd like to see more consistency in his game and a stronger defensive game before saying that he's going to be any better than a #4 or #5. He's a fantastic skater who has a ton of offensive ability, but he doesn't have the gamebreaking talent that I like to see in someone who's as inconsistent and as poor defensively as Beaulieu is.
I think his ceiling is a lot similar to Mark Streit minus the booming shot.
#1 on a poor team, and a #4 and PP qb on a good team.
A Mark Streit with better skating and playing with a physical edge, maybe.
I think he has all the tools to become a solid first pairing guy, but he's a very boom or bust type of player. Whether he reach his potential or not, he should be a solid PP specialist. So worst case scenario, a third-pairing, PP specialist, best case scenario, a first-pairing offensive defenseman.
I think he can help a PP and play regular 3rd pairing minutes. At best he's Filip Kuba/Pavel Kubina. I said number 5, but he may be a guy who'll have stretches of good play and get into the top 4. I think his hockey sense is poor and could lead to him needing sheltered minutes.
Was never a huge fan of his. Very prone to defensive lapses, seems to let his emotions get the better of him sometimes as well. He has the offensive talent to be a middle pairing defenseman, especially if he has Tinordi to clean up after him, but I think it's more likely he ends up a bottom pairing guy who plays on the powerplay