I'm writing this blog through tear soaked eyes so bear with me. The New York Rangers have announced that they have traded Brandon Mashinter to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Kyle Beach.
The 23-year old Beach was drafted 11th overall in 2008 by the Chicago Blackhawks and has compiled 39g, 42a in parts of five seasons with the Blackhawks AHL affiliate, including 4g, 7a this season.
Here's a scouting report on Beach from Hockey's Future…
"Beach has good size and can use it, but he is not overly-aggressive in the physical game. The winger makes more of an impact by getting under the skin of opponents rather than running them through the glass. His heavy shot, nose for the net, and sound offensive instincts make him a good goal-scorer, particularly on the power play. He tends to trail the play more often than impose his well on the ice, but playing a more assertive game could help make the next step to the NHL."
…looks like I'm changing over to a Blackhawks blog.
…obviously not a fan of the move as the Rangers get rid of one of the few tough guys they have in their system for a former first round bust. Sounds like more of the same from Sather. At least Mashinter is going to a championship caliber organization.
…someone get a me a bottle of Jack, stat.
Since the emotions of this move are still so raw right now, Adam Herman will give an analytical look at the move…
There are usually a number of reasons that a trade like this could potentially go down. For one, Mashinter might have requested the move, seeing no path to a regular NHL career through the Rangers. The Wolfpack have an abysmal 2-8-0 record in its last 10 games, so this could also be a shakeup move for the minor league team.
In any case, Beach is a prospect who clearly has not lived up to his draft day hype and had overstayed his welcome in Chicago. Beach, like Mashinter, is a big, physical forward who plays with an edge. He earned 204 penalty minutes in his last full season in the AHL. He's known to be an agitator, but one with power forward upside. Beach was a point-per-game player in the WHL the season prior to being drafted, potting 27 goals.
The problem with Beach, aside from a general lack of development, is that he suffered from similar issues that Sean Avery suffered early in his career; his antics can sometimes be self-deprecating and hurt his own cause. Attitude problems plagued Beach in junior hockey, and perhaps prevented him from being drafted even higher. This article highlights some of the incidents that harmed Beach's reputation.
For the Rangers, it's a low-risk, moderate reward move. Mashinter was never going to realistically fit into any role for the Rangers besides short-term call-up option. At only 23, Beach does have some time left on his developmental curve; power forwards tend to develop a bit later than skilled forwards. It's a change of scenery move for Beach, and hopefully one that will aid in his development. If all goes well and Beach can get head on straight and his game together – and let's be clear that this is a big if – he could eventually develop into a Sean Avery, Alex Burrows kind of player who plays a physical game, drops the gloves, and can pot 10-15 goals.
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