The Boston Bruins turned some heads in April when they selected Michigan Hockey commit John Beecher with the 30th pick in the NHL entry draft. A lot of fans were hoping to see the Bruins select more of a flashy scorer type. Beecher was arguably the best all around player left on the board, and he certainly fits the Bruins style of play.
How's college going, kid?
The Michigan Wolverines are just eight games into their 2019-2020 hockey season. John Beecher has played in all eight games and has actually worked his way up to the top forward line for the Wolverines. Beecher has received a lot of praise for his play so far. He is third on the team in shots, and despite just one goal so far, Beecher is tied for the team lead in points with four. Those three other points come as assists, putting Beecher tied for second on the team. He is also among the team leaders with a plus two plus/minus rating. "Oh yeah! He can score. He's got a big time shot and release. He keeps growing. Every game I think he gives something more and shows us a little more of his game. I think that's just a sign of things to come." Wolverines assistant coach Kris Mayotte had that to say about Beecher after he scored his first career college goal.
Separating himself from the pack
Beecher has shown his discipline so far as he has only seen the penalty box one time for a minor penalty. He has also shown that he's dependable in the faceoff circle. He's won 89 of 152 faceoffs so far this year, putting him at 58% success rate. The things that make an NHL player an all time great are not always the flashy goals, flashy saves or the big hits. Sometimes its about being smart and effecting your team on a positive level that's higher than anybody around you. Beecher has shown his discipline and his hockey IQ so far as he has only seen the penalty box one time for a minor penalty.
Plenty of time to improve
With Beecher being just 18 years of age and playing in just his first year of colligate hockey, John Beecher has plenty of time to work the kinks out of his game. Seeing as how the Boston Bruins are currently so deep at the center position, there's no pressure on him from the team to leave college. That will only help Beecher form his hockey game and leave the college level for the NHL when he's good and ready.