Chicago Blackhawks: 3 keys to success for Nicolas Beaudin

Nicolas Beaudin #74, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Nicolas Beaudin #74, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Nicolas Beaudin, Chicago Blackhawks
Nicolas Beaudin #74, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

As the NHL finishes sorting out some kind of a deal to clear the way for the 2020-2021 season, Blackhawks’ players will likely be preparing themselves to get back on the ice.

However, that isn’t just roster players but includes prospects as well. Even though most teams, including the Blackhawks, have to have some kind of Plan B ready in case there are problems with the AHL’s ability to keep a season going, hockey will likely be back sooner rather than later.

If all of this sounds a bit uncertain, that’s because it is. Blackhawks prospect Nicolas Beaudin spent his first season with Chicago dressing for the Rockford IceHogs. Considering how many players are already going to be competing for roster spots, Beaudin will likely start 2020-2021 in the AHL.

Not that that’s a problem for the young defenseman. Last year was his first pro season, and he even dressed for a game in the NHL. While it doesn’t seem like much, Beaudin will probably take some time to develop in the AHL, which is normal. He was only playing the QMJHL a year ago and has played one (incomplete) pro season.

There’s not much there for his statistics in Chicago since he barely played, but his AHL numbers, alongside his stats from the junior league he played in give a clearer picture. However, until he actually starts seeing regular ice time in Chicago, it’s hard to know what caliber of player he actually is.

That probably isn’t going to be sorted out this year, but time in the AHL shouldn’t impact his progression as a player. Just the opposite in fact. Chicago’s NHL roster is a bit of work in progress as the season approaches, but where does that leave Beaudin? Here are three keys to success for Nicolas Beadin for 2020-2021.