Monday, August 1, 2011

Habs: One Game Scouting Report for Nathan Beaulieu

Beaulieu posts best overall risk/reward rating to-date by a Habs prospect

On the eve of Team Canada's World Junior development camp I decided to post a brand new one-game report on Nathan Beaulieu. Beaulieu was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NHL entry draft. He's a strong skating defenseman with good vision and puck-management skills. He will be joined at the development camp by fellow Habs prospects Brendan Gallagher and Michael Bournival.

Beaulieu had a quiet but efficient game. He played substantial minutes, as he lined up on the second powerplay and penalty-killing units. His high numbers can be explained not only by his strong play, but also by the weakness of opponent; the game scouted took place in the first round of the 2011 QMJHL playoffs against the underdog Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.



Overall Grade

Through 2 games previously scouted Beaulieu had an average grade of 71. He improved on his average by 7 percentage points. His passing was the strongest part of his game, as he completed an incredible 29 of 32 total pass-attempts.


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WINS 73 WINS
BATTLES 94 BATTLES
GRADE 78 GRADE
PLAYER 28


Overall Risk/Reward Rating

Beaulieu had an average overall risk/reward rating of 1.91 going into the game. He improved on that rating by 0.45 points, while posting the top rating ever recorded by a Habs prospect.  He was active in every zone; particularly for a defenseman, as he engaged in 4.27 events per minute of ice time.  He used his speed to win puck-battles, as well as open up passing lanes.


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MINUTES 22 MINUTES
POS/MIN 3.32 POS/MIN
NEG/MIN 0.95 NEG/MIN

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EVENTS/ MIN 4.27 EVENTS/ MIN
RISK/REWARD 2.36 RISK/REWARD

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Offensive-zone Risk/Reward Rating

Coming into the game, number 28 had an o-zone rating of 0.40. Beaulieu fell short of his average. His o-zone rating suffered because of his inabilty to get pucks through to the net. Like many young defensemen, Beaulieu failed to move laterally along the offensive blueline in order to open up shooting lanes. He simply wound up from where he was and drilled the puck into the shot-blocking forward. This skill will likely come with experience, but in the meantime it resulted in 6 of his attempted shots being blocked.


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MINUTES 22 MINUTES
POS/MIN 0.68 POS/MIN
NEG/MIN 0.50 NEG/MIN

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EVENTS/ MIN 1.18 EVENTS/ MIN
RISK/REWARD 0.18 RISK/REWARD

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Defensive-zone Risk/Reward Rating

Though two other games, Beaulieu's d-zone rating stood at 1.17. He was able to improve on that rating by 0.38 due in large part to an incredible 87% defensive-zone passing percentage. He also managed 6 short-handed dump-outs, while beating opposing players 1on1 in the defensive-zone with all 6 of his attempts. He demonstrated a solid stick; posting 2 takeaways, 2 blocked shots, and 1 blocked pass.


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MINUTES 22 MINUTES
POS/MIN 1.82 POS/MIN
NEG/MIN 0.27 NEG/MIN

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EVENTS/ MIN 2.09 EVENTS/ MIN
RISK/REWARD 1.55 RISK/REWARD

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Neutral-zone Risk/Reward

Entering the game Beaulieu averaged a 0.29 neutral-zone risk/reward rating. He was able to nearly double his previous average during the game scouted. As in other zones, his rating was buoyed by his solid passing skills. He completed all 6 of his n-zone pass-attempts, while winning 5 of 7 n-zone puck-battles. 


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MINUTES 22 MINUTES
POS/MIN 0.91 POS/MIN
NEG/MIN 0.27 NEG/MIN

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EV/ MIN 1.18 EVENTS/ MIN
RISK/REWARD 0.64 RISK/REWARD

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Raw data from 5-1 win over Cape Breton on March 29th, 2011


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OZPBW 6 OZPBW
OZPBL 2 OZPBL
OZPASS+ 6 OZPASS+
OZPASS- 1 OZPASS-
OZDEAK+ 2 OZDEAK+
OZDEAK- 2 OZDEAK-
SKI + 2 SKI +
SKI- 2 SKI-
DI+ 4 DI+
DI- 1 DI-
OZTA
OZTA

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DZPBW 6 DZPBW
DZPBL 4 DZPBL
DZPASS+ 17 DZPASS+
DZPASS- 2 DZPASS-
DZDEAK+ 6 DZDEAK+
DZDEAK-
DZDEAK-
PK DUMP+ 6 PK DUMP+
PK DUMP-
PK DUMP-
DZTA 2 DZTA
DZ-BL-SHOT 2 DZ-BL-SHOT
DZ-BL-PASS 1 DZ-BL-PASS

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NZPBW 5 NZPBW
NZPBL 2 NZPBL
NZPASS+ 6 NZPASS+
NZPASS-
NZPASS-
NZDEAK+ 1 NZDEAK+
NZDEAK- 1 NZDEAK-
NZTA 2 NZTA

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DZFOW
DZFOW
DZFOL
DZFOL
DZPKFOW
DZPKFOW
DZPKFOL
DZPKFOL
OZPPFOW
OZPPFOW
OZPPFOL
OZPPFOL
OZFOW
OZFOW
OZFOL
OZFOL
NZFOW
NZFOW
NZFOL
NZFOL

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PS THRU 1 PS THRU
OZ PS BL 6 OZ PS BL
POINTS X2 2 POINTS X2
+/- 2 +/-
SHOTS
SHOTS

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WINS 73 WINS
BATTLES 94 BATTLES
GRADE 78 GRADE
PLAYER 28

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