Chicago Blackhawks 2008 first-round draft pick Kyle Beach has taken his share of slings and arrows since being selected 12th overall. A potential power forward with a tasty wrist shot, Beach has yet to fulfill the potential Dale Tallon saw when he selected the 6'3" left wing out of juniors.
A slow start in 2012-13 has kept Beach on the bottom of the depth chart. However, Beach had a nice pair of games for the Rockford IceHogs as they split a weekend home stand. The AHL recognized Beach's effort with the honor of the CCM/AHL Player of the Week.
Beach was one of a handful of IceHogs who stood out in a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Wolves Friday night. A two-goal performance in that game was followed by a three-point game in Rockford's 6-3 win over the Lake Erie Monsters.
Beach assisted on the Brandon Bollig goal that opened Saturday's scoring as well as Shawn Lalonde's third period goal that tied the contest. Beach got a goal of his own midway through the period to put the IceHogs up 5-3. Beach was named Saturday's first star as well.
Beach has been stuck on the lower lines for a good portion of the young season, occasionally getting some time on scoring lines. Beach spent a lot of time skating with Jimmy Hayes and Martin St.Pierre over the weekend and has made the most of the opportunity.
Beach showed flashes of maturity last season in the limited action he saw last season. Staying disciplined and looking to get off his wrist shot is something he'll have to do consistently in order to get a look in the NHL. Beach will have to build on his big weekend, but at least he showed some of that potential to the organization.
Lucky to Garner a Split: The IceHogs salvaged two points from the weekend despite a less-than-impressive display of hockey for much of the two games.
Friday was a poor effort, which was followed by forty minutes of underwhelming play against Lake Erie. A four-goal third masked a weekend that saw the team give up 17 power play opportunities to their opponents.
The IceHogs killed 15 of those penalties and have been very capable being down a man, but a lack of discipline is going to hurt Rockford as the season continues. Beach had a chance to retaliate late in the second period after drawing a penalty but didn't take the bait. On the resulting power play, Adam Clendening scored to close the gap to 3-2.
Shorthanded Roster?: Rockford coach Ted Dent is going to have to get his team to play smarter hockey. The IceHogs are averaging over 29 minutes of penalties a game, good for second-highest in the league.
Some of his charges may not around this weekend to make those adjustments. Andrew Shaw is looking at several games off via suspension after he jumped over the boards and engaged Patrick Bordeleau after the second period had ended Saturday.
Wade Brookbank and Bollig also left the bench and could also face sanctions from the AHL this week. No word yet, but I'll update here if and when word comes down from the league.
UPDATE-Wednesday, noon: Shaw was hit with a six-game suspension by the league. Brookbank is out one contest. Olsen received two-games for an earlier head shot. I'll weigh in Thursday with more details and thoughts.
Little Change In Leddy and Saad's Status: Neither Nick Leddy or Brandon Saad made a return to the ice over the weekend. Leddy's head injury is keeping him out of the lineup, concussion or not. Saad, who is nursing a leg injury, also is still out for now.