Friday, June 3, 2011

IceHogs Year in Review: Kyle Beach

                Position: Left Wing              Shoots: Right
                Height: 6'3"                        Birthday: January 13, 1990
                Weight: 210                       Hometown: Kelowna, British Columbia

2010-11 Stats
GP   G   A   PTS   +/-   PIM   PPG   SHG   SOG   S%
71     16  20   36     -24    163     6        0      164    9.8

Kyle Beach's first full year pro was a definite learning year for him. Early on in the first couple of months in the season, he would let his temper get the best of him. He dropped the gloves a lot, tried to fill an enforcer role that wasn't really his, and would yap at the officials a lot if something didn't go his way. About halfway though the season though, he calmed down a bit, didn't drop the gloves as much, and complained less. Occasionally though, he still said something to the officials.

His skating also improved over the course of the year. During the second half, Blackhawks skating coach Paul Vincent was down in Rockford for a bit, and Beach spent some time talking with him, so that had to have helped. He still needs to work on that some more, though.

Fans made a lot out of his -24 plus/minus rating, and they have a right to. Especially early on in the season, he didn't look very good defensively. Towards the end of the year, he did make a better effort at playing D, but that part of his game needs to improve. When he was on a line with Jeff Taffe his overall game picked up as well, but that was the case with many guys when they were put on his line.

Beach is probably still a year away from making the Hawks, although he was one of the last cuts at Training Camp this season and his grit was something the big club lacked this year. He needs some more time in Rockford to develop and maintain a complete game before being thrown into the NHL fire full time. But with some improvement and when in need for a gritty, fourth line body, he could easily be a call up next year.

Beach lining up for a draw in a game against the Lake Erie Monsters on November 24th.

Beach fighting Phil McRae of the Peoria Rivermen on November 27th.

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