|Written by Matthew Bugg|
November, 2012 - Beach was named the AHL Player of the Week after scoring three goals and two assists in two games. It appeared as though the 22-year-old had learned to play with discipline, he was suspended for a game for a check to the head in a game November 9. Beach still has a high fantasy ceiling in leagues that count penalty minutes. Rich Dillon
December, 2011 – Nowhere near as agonizing in either his own zone or off the ice to start the 2011-12 season, Beach looked to have finally found a mix between playing physical and playing stupid with six points in his first eight games of the season. But after suffering a serious shoulder dislocation during a routine scrap brought Beach’s future as a hockey player into question. Although it appears he may now return by March, it serves as a painful lesson for NHL clubs: a player’s development can be handled with the utmost patience, only to be completely destroyed with one injury.
Fantasy Outlook: B+
Decent upside, especially with multiple categories, but it will be a long wait.
Beach vs. Milan Lucic didn’t end well for Beach:
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From the 2009 Fantasy Prospects Report:
Two points in eight games doesn't look like a whole lot of awesome, but Kyle Beach's lone goal and assist in the playoffs was just icing on the cake. A point-per-game player for the past two seasons with the Everett Silvertips, the 11th overall selection in 2008 was well on his way to another 60-point year when he was dealt to the Lethbridge Hurricanes at the WHL deadline. However, a magical thing happened: rather than spend half the night in the box, Beach began to contribute at an unseen level offensively. The 6'3, 210 lbs forward finished the stretch run with 33 points and 'just' 59 PIM in 24 games. In the post-season, though, it was the physical game where Beach once again began to make a difference. A world-class agitator, Beach may have totaled 27 PIM, but he helped draw many of the 30 minor penalties that lead to Saskatoon's demise in Round 1 of the WHL playoffs. He’ll get a long look in the 2011 training camp, as he’ll need at least another year of seasoning, likely two.
Upside: Rick Tocchet (30-40-70+, 200 PIM)
Certainty (NHLer; Upside): 60%; 50%
|Last Updated on Saturday, 10 November 2012 22:45|