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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Chicago Blackhawks, Nicolas Beaudin
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Key 3: Make the most of every opportunity

This is a kind of a well-worn cliche, but Beaudin is almost certainly going to be under some scrutiny this year. While he won’t see much action in the NHL unless his game has taken massive leaps, he will likely be called up at some point. Since the team is promoting youth, rather than the post-season, a call-up could happen at any time.

When that inevitably happens, Beaudin needs to put his best, most complete game on display. A call-up for him isn’t going to lead to more playing time in the NHL. Instead, it is going to be about giving him a chance with Chicago’s most established players.  It will be a chance to gauge his progress from one year to the next alongside, and against, the veterans

There isn’t going to be one thing, in particular, they look for, but there’s going to be an evaluation of his game. He hasn’t blown everyone away in the AHL, but he was named to “Team QMJHL” when he was in the juniors with Drummondville. He has the potential to be a stand out player. If he takes advantage of his chances, he should excel.

He’s only played one the season as a pro, and it was a shortened season because of the pandemic. His season wasn’t bad, but it was cut short. The upcoming season will also not be a full schedule, and so every chance he gets to play is going to that much more important.

While it may seem odd that Beaudin has flown under the radar, he just hasn’t been as hyped as other players. This might be as much about marketing as it is about player evaluation. The organization needs players to talk about to help get fans interested. Kirby Dach and Adam Boqvist are both obvious choices for discussion since they were both top-10 draft picks. Ian Mitchell has also made a name for himself with solid play leading up to the current season.

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Beaudin however has been kind of over-looked, which is fine. He’s a young, developing player. It would be good if his name started popping up more because his play was impressing people in Rockford. Hopefully, that happens more this year, and Chicago’s lesser discussed first-round defenseman starts to quietly make a case to take over a roster spot.