The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Kyle Beach on a one-year contract.
Beach selected by Chicago in the first round, 11th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. From 2008-2009 to this most recent season, Beach has tallied 37 goals and 72 points in 162 career games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, but has yet to see a single game of action with the Blackhawks. Last season, Beach registered 26 points in 66 regular-season games while also recording 204 penalty minutes, the most of his professional career. The season before, Beach was limited to 19 games with Rockford after suffering a shoulder injury in October that kept him out for 57 games.
Beach is a power forward that plays a tough, physical game accompanied by offensive skill. His aggressive play led to multiple concussions and a sports hernia while playing for the Everett Silvertips. Although he has not yet lived up to expectations, the Blackhawks are short on physical forwards and could find Beach’s skillset and temperament desirable. After trading Dan Carcillo to the Kings yesterday, Beach may be able to crack Chicago’s roster this season after all.
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