I’m not sure it’s ever going to happen for Matt Beleskey in Boston again like it did in his first season with the B’s. The guy works his bag off, brings a great deal of toughness, but he just can’t seem to contribute in any other meaningful way. Is that limited production providing enough of a return? It doesn’t seem it right now.
Long term, Beleskey’s current contributions are probably not going to cut it when you consider his paychecks carry quite a few extra zeroes. Those zeroes demand more than just bringing muscle and energy every night. But for now, with so many rookies around, he isn’t a burden either.
Meanwhile, his replacement tonight, and our recent Bruins “Prospect of the Week”, Danton Heinen, is quickly moving on from prospect or “potential regular Bruin” status, to full-timer with benefits. He’s been oh so close but megabuck contracts like Beleskey’s have kept Heinen’s fluid two-way entry deal bouncing back and forth across the Massachusetts/Rhode Island border. And Heinen himself has remained just as fluid through it all as one could hope.
Tonight, with Heinen in the lineup in Boston against the San Jose Sharks while Beleskey will be a healthy scratch up in the press box, he will look to keep his current NHL point-per-game pace (3GP, 0-3-3) intact. I for one expect a little magic from Mr. 43. So keep your eye out for that.
As for Beleskey, he’ll be back. Maybe even as soon as Saturday.
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