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Columbus, OH • United States • 25 Years Old • Male
Yes, this is a one-year, two-way contract. Many around these parts have harshly critiqued this move by Scott Howson. Why?

NHL Central Scouting provides the scouting reports to TSN, and many cringe when they scroll immediately to "career potential." Beech has an NHL-capable frame, and is listed with above-average playmaking skills and vision. Just because a player is believed to have third-line potential does not mean he can't exceed expectations.

Beech had a decent year with Washington, played 64 games and registered 26 points (8-18-26). The knock on him is that he sometimes does not use his size to his advantage and needs to work on his play in the corners. What better coach to eliminate these problems than Ken Hitchcock?

I expect to see Beech battle for the third line center position with Svitov and Malhotra, assuming Manny is around for camp. Beech has good speed, and a line of Chimera-Beech-Fritsche might as well be called "The Blue Streak."

Another thing that a depth signing does is gives the GM options to pursue. Howson now has many key elements that could be pieced together for a trade.

A belated three cheers to our old pal Doug MacLean for falling on his face....err, I mean landing on his feet in Tampa! Good to see him and his budding startlet Marc Denis reunited once again.

Until next time,
Filed Under:   blue jackets   free agency   nhl   capitals  
August 9, 2007 2:48 PM ET | Delete
I saw this...I still don't know if this was a good move or a bad one.
August 9, 2007 2:54 PM ET | Delete
I think it's a good move. It gives the 'Jackets another young talent and depth. I still think they need more depth at D though since that's where the injury bug seems to hit the hardest.
August 9, 2007 4:42 PM ET | Delete
The only thing Columbus has going for them on defense his Tollefson. Foote is basically a no-namer since joining them a few years back. Althought, Rick Nash is my favorite player :D
August 9, 2007 9:28 PM ET | Delete
I also think this is a good move. I've been able to watch a lot of Kris Beech play with the Hershey Bears - he's a good player and was clearly skilled enough to be on an NHL team. I hope he does well for you guys, he's also a very good person.
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