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How Good will Nathan Beaulieu be?

View Poll Results: How good will Nathan Beaulieu be?
Franchise D-Man 1 1.08%
#1 D-Man 2 2.15%
#2 D-Man 18 19.35%
#3 D-Man 38 40.86%
#4 D-Man 22 23.66%
#5 D-Man 7 7.53%
#6 D-Man 1 1.08%
#7-8 D-Man 0 0%
Career AHLer 4 4.30%
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11-11-2012, 06:35 PM
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How Good will Nathan Beaulieu be?

What is Nathan Beaulieu's NHL Upside?

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11-11-2012, 06:36 PM
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Top Pairing PMD.

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11-11-2012, 06:39 PM
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11-11-2012, 06:52 PM
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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.

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11-11-2012, 06:57 PM
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Abosolute ceiling #1 dman. Most likely #4 tho.

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11-11-2012, 06:59 PM
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A #2 or #3 depending on teammates.

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11-11-2012, 07:03 PM
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Ceiling is a solid #2 two-way defenseman. I think he'll be more of a second-pairing offensive specialist.

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11-11-2012, 07:09 PM
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I'd say 3-4 with potential to become a #2 but I don't see that happening. I voted #3

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11-11-2012, 07:25 PM
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second pair, 1st line PP

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11-11-2012, 07:29 PM
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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.

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I think he will bust...hope I am wrong.

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So is it how good will he be like in the title or what is his upside like in the OP? His upside is probably #2 but I think he will probably settle in as a 3-4 and PP specialist.

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11-11-2012, 08:10 PM
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I think he will bust...hope I am wrong.
Totally with you on that one

He just hasn't looked that impressive in the AHL so far, mind you he's had a bunch of good games but it seems like he either plays great or brutal and occasionally in the middle.

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Totally with you on that one

He just hasn't looked that impressive in the AHL so far, mind you he's had a bunch of good games but it seems like he either plays great or brutal and occasionally in the middle.
what are the odds a 1st year pro 10 games in looks like that

seriously though. His high end upside is a #2 Dman. He's more likely to be a 2nd pair Dman with top unit PP time

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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.

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#2-3 defenseman I think.

I think some people are judging him a bit too quickly for his first pro season. He hasn't been great so far but I'm sure by the end of the year he'll be a lot better.

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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.

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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

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#2 at best, I think he will be used as a 3-4 personally

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2nd paring D-man while being on the 1st line PP.

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I think he has top pairing upside. Voted #2 Dman.

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11-12-2012, 10:46 AM
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was he draft eligible in 2010?

What pairing has he been playing on in the AHL? 10gp 0g 1a -1 (stats dont always paint the picture).

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