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Blackhawks re-sign Beach; possible Carcillo replacement?

Jul 17, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks are giving forward Kyle Beach another shot to realize the potential that made him the 11th overall pick in the 2008 NHL draft.

The club announced today that it had agreed to terms with the 23-year-old on a one-year contract.

Beach has spent his entire pro career with AHL Rockford. Last year, he scored 16 goals, with 10 assists, in 66 games while amassing a hefty 204 penalty minutes.

A star in junior, Beach scored 52 goals for the Spokane Chiefs in 2009-10; however, questions about his attitude have followed him from his days in the WHL (see: this article from 2007 for background).

Does Beach have a shot at making the Blackhawks next season? That remains to be seen, though it’s worth noting that Dan Carcillo, just traded to Los Angeles, is a similar-type player, so perhaps there’s an opportunity there.

  1. hammerhead5573 - Jul 17, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    This is the one guy that puzzles me. I wonder why don’t they just release him or let him walk. If he is anything like Carcillo its just a waste of time to let him go through system only to put your team in penalty trouble.

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 17, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    There is a difference – Kyle is 6’3″, 210 lbs. And he may be a better option that Bolling. About the same size (few lbs less), but had better points and PIM/game than Bolling, who managed to not score a single goal in his time up with the Hawks.

    • parasolmonster - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      His name isn’t Bolling. What are you doing?

  3. esracerx46 - Jul 17, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Beach isnt a fighter like Bollig. He likes to fight, just isnt very good at it. Andrew Shaw was Carcillos replacement. Beach, if he puts it together can be a Bickell type player. Big. Good wrist shot. His problem, much like Bickell has been consistency. He tends to float. If he does whats asked, he can be a very impactful player….nothing like Carcillo.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 17, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      esracer – have you seen Icehogs games? I’m thinking you have by the “He tends to float” comment. If so, any assessment on Hayes on his long term potential? Also Morin and Smith? I’m especially thinking Smith might be excellent, scoring 47 pts in 54 games, and scoring on 20.1% of his shots.

      • esracerx46 - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:42 PM

        Been to a few out there. Fun to go, and way cheaper than Hawks games. Ill watch some online and some when they’re playing the Wolves on tv. With Hayes, he’s a tantalizing guy because of his size. But, IMO he doesn’t use it enough. He should be that immovable object in front of the net, and he seems uncomfortable in that role. I think he would slot best as a 3rd/4th line guy who can play up on the top line in a pinch. Think Bickell without the wicked wrist shot. I love Ben Smith. However, I don’t see him as more than a fourth line guy on this team. His size and depth of the Hawks will be his biggest hinderance. He is versatile in that he can play wing or center and is sound defensively. I think he slides right into the spot vacated by Frolik, but I think Benny will give a little more offense. Jeremy Morin as well as Brandon Pirri I absolutely love. Morin has a little size and will lay some hits, but the kid gets goals. He’s not the slickest skater but he puts the puck in the net. I don’t think he has the skating ability to be on the top line, but if it wasn’t for Saad and Sharp, I think he’d be an ideal 2nd line left wing. Again the problem is leapfrogging Saad and Sharp. Barring Sharp getting traded, if he’s going to be on the Hawks for longer than next year, he’ll be relegated to 3rd or 4th line duties. Sucks for Morin, good for Hawks and Hawks fans.

  4. bollandio - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    To think of Beach as a “possible Carcillo replacement” is simply so unimportant to the universe. Really, what a dumb thought to headline!

  5. slysipops - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    it wouldn’t take much to replace CARRCILLO . his usefulness to the team was limited. i hope that BOLLIG get a little more seasoned at playing forward. he has descent speed for a big guy and i have seen ST. LOUIS calm down a lot when QUENVILLE put him on the TOWES line . he does step in for teamates is not just a bigmouth like so many other TUFF GUYS !

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