Canadiens' Plekanec believes the youth will takeover
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Rotowire: Oct 8 / 5:06a ET
News: Beaulieu had three blocked shots and two hits in 14:27 in Wednesday's season-opening win over Toronto.
Impact: Beaulieu lined up on the third d-pairing along with Tom Gilbert, but could be a top-four defender before the end of the season. He rarely looks out of place.
Rotowire: Oct 4 / 7:17a ET
News: Beaulieu played a team-high 23:37 in Saturday night's preseason finale against Ottawa. He had three assists, was plus-2, and logged 3:26 on the power play.
Impact: The Canadiens didn't suit up P.K. Subban or Andrei Markov, so there was plenty of time for Beaulieu. After practice Friday, head coach Michel Therrien lauded Beaulieu's maturity, but added the young defenseman needs to establish himself in the NHL and show that every game is important to him. Apparently, Beaulieu was listening.
Rotowire: Oct 3 / 7:36a ET
News: Beaulieu, who has developed well on Montreal's back line, still has room for improvement, according to head coach Michel Therrien, Hockey Inside Out reports.
Impact: Beaulieu, who signed a two-year extension this past summer, could be a top-four defender this season. He can use his size, skates well and has an offensive bent, but Therrien is looking for development in decision making -- things like when to jump into a play and when to hang back.