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Former top prospect Beach signs in Austria

Aug 14, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

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The first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft was loaded with impact players: Steve Stamkos, Drew Doughty, Alex Pietrangelo, Erik Karlsson and Jordan Eberle, to name a few.

Then there’s the guy that went No. 11 overall — Kyle Beach.

Beach, a Chicago draftee that was traded to the Rangers last season, has signed in Austria with EC Red Bull Salzburg, the club announced on Thursday. The move comes after the 24-year-old spent last season between AHL Rockford and Hartford, along with a brief stint on loan in Sweden with HV71.

A former WHL standout who’s junior career was marked with disciplinary issues, Beach has received plenty of attention (yes, from this site specifically) despite having never played a regular-season NHL game. He was a compelling story in his draft year and continued to be one during his professional career; last summer, Chicago gave him a one-year extension to possibly replace Dan Carcillo as the team’s “sandpaper” element… but three months later, the ‘Hawks waived him during the preseason.

“There’s been a lot of guys that have made that next step and got a chance here,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said at the time of waiving Beach, per the Sun-Times. “I guess you’ve got to earn it.

“Some guys got the opportunity based on how they were playing.”

  1. jpat2424 - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:37 PM


  2. bullwinkle88 - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Just goes to show that being a first round selection is no guarantee of NHL success.

    • vancouversportsbro - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      That is why I laugh when reading hfboards.

      I like the Canucks don’t get me wrong but people are making crazy accusations saying Jake Virtanen has shades of Evander Kane or Ovechkin. It’s ridicolous.

  3. nobandwagoners - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    And there is one example of where the Canucks management made a good drafting decision, picking Cody Hodgson over Beech at the draft (we’ll omit the fact that Cody has since been shipped off to Buffalo for Kassian in part, if you believe the rumours, that the move was animated as Hodgson’s father was a little too involved in his playing time and such). I recall at the time of the draft that there was a fair bit of debate of whether to pick Beech notwithstanding some ‘character’ issues or go with the more vanilla Hodgson).

  4. phillyphanatic77 - Aug 14, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Man that’s a terrible waste of a very high pick. But I think the Hawks have made enough good picks recently to warrant some misses. Still, whiffing on Beach and most likely losing Hayes has to hurt a little.

  5. esracerx46 - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    As a Tallon pick I’m surprised he didn’t end up in Florida. Just think of how good the Hawks could have been if they didn’t totally miss on Beach. Hayes may be a miss as well, but they’ll get compensated for it….in another what 16 hours?

  6. stcrowe - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    I seem to recall that there were concerns about his lack of discipline when he was in the draft. Looks like lack of talent is the bigger problem.

  7. djshnooks - Aug 15, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Meanwhile, the Sabres have something nice in Myers and Ennis from that draft.

    I’ll never forget that…the weekend my father died and I buried him in a Sabres jersey, they draft TWO Tyler’s…and that is what my first name is. So weird. Lol.

  8. rosloe62 - Aug 15, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Hayes will be the next Beach. Glad the Hawks will get compensated this time.

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