NHL Prospect Watch: Nashville Predators’ Taylor Beck

August 19th, 2010 by Alan Bass Leave a reply »
The Nashville Predators have a history of successfully developing their draft picks into bonafide NHL players. More than half of their current roster consists of players drafted by the organization, including Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, and David Legwand.

So Taylor Beck shouldn’t be worried about making it to the big league, right?

“Yeah, I was really happy with Nashville,” Beck said of his draft team. “It’s a great city and a great hockey organization, and I’m looking forward to playing with them in the next couple years. It should be a lot of fun.”

Beck was hardly an offensive juggernaut before he was drafted in the third round (70th overall) in 2009. After putting up just 21 points in his rookie season in the Ontario League, the Guelph Storm right winger improved to 58 points in 67 games in his second year. After being selected, he exploded with 93 points and won the Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy as the OHL’s top scoring right winger.

“He isn’t the prettiest looking player as far as taking the strides and all the details with the game,” said Nashville assistant GM Paul Fento ...

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