Although he will be off to Michigan in the fall to play college hockey, 2019 first round draft pick John Beecher got a taste of what life will be like in the NHL as the Bruins held the first day of developmental camp on Wednesday. While this is only developmental camp, Beecher is out to show the Bruins they made the right decision selecting him 30th overall.
“I just want to show them what I can do,” Beecher told the media on Wednesday. “I want to make sure that they know I was the right pick. There is a lot of talent here, there is a big pool of guys and I want to show what I can do.”
With the way the Bruins play on the ice, Beecher was the perfect selection as he fits the mold of what it means to be a Bruin. The Bruins are known for being heavy and hard to play against, and that’s who Beecher is. This was the perfect team for him to go as now he can develop his game as he learns from the best in Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci.
“I think my style of fits right in with theirs,” Beecher told the media. “I mean they are a hard and heavy team to play against with a lot of speed and that is exactly how I play. I mean I don’t think I could have gone to a better place.”
Bruins Director Of Player Development Jamie Langenbrunner is running the Development Camp again and when asked to give one word to describe Beecher, he promptly replied: “Speed”.
Langenbrunner though sees some untapped skills as well.
“I think he has more skill than people think,’’ Langenbrunner said. “Like, he’s getting on pucks from bad passes. He has skill level that’s underrated.’
[Beecher’s] obviously a big boy, but he’s still definitely not developed, which is exciting for us. He’s still a little bit skinny at 6-4, 210-ish. There’s a lot of room for growth still in that player. He’s going to a good spot to get it.’’
The former NHLer and two-time Stanley Cup champion was also impressed by Beecher’s battle and poise.
“He played with a ton of poise,’’ Langenbrunner said. “Real calm for an 18-year-old out there. He doesn’t get rattled and stays within himself.’’