Monday, March 31, 2008

What's wrong with Kyle Beach

While Kyle Beach is still a very safe bet to go somewhere in the first 20-25 picks, his stock has really taken a beating among NHL scouts since January.

First it was the second concussion in 5 weeks time that held him out of the Top Prospects Game that put serious concerns into NHL minds. But his play on the ice since that time has sent him into a mini-freefall.

And that's leaving aside the off ice issues that makes him untouchable to many NHL teams. Several NHL scouts have told me directly that their teams will not draft him under any circumstances.

Still, it only takes one gambler of a head scout with lots of job security (think David Conte, among others) with one of the first 30 picks to keep Beach from falling out of the first round.

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