Beleskey playing well after healthy scratch

Matt Beleskey had his best season of his career last year, scoring 15 goals and finishing with a career-high 37 points. He looked like a smart investment in his first season after signing a 5-year deal with the Bruins. However, number 39 has started very slowly this year as he has spent most of his time on the third line with Riley Nash and Austin Czarnik and sometimes Jimmy Hayes. Beleskey has just 1 point in twelve games this season and is a -6 overall. He eventually was sat last Thursday night in Tampa as the Bruins scored a huge 4-3 shootout victory against the Lightning. Following the scratch however, Beleskey has looked like a different player as he’s shown much more jump at the beginning of games and is getting to the dirty areas. His presence was evident during Monday’s 4-0 win against Buffalo as he recorded his first point and also dropped the gloves with Sabres center Derek Grant. Grant knocked down Brad Marchand from behind in the Buffalo crease and Beleskey immediately took offense throwing off the gloves and taking Grant to the ground. A big part of Beleskey’s game is put to the puck on net from anywhere. In his first 8 games, he had just 11 shots on goal. But in his last 4 games, he’s already put 9 on goal. He seems to be getting more comfortable in his role and it’s good to see as the Bruins really need some secondary scorers to step up. I don’t agree with how he’s being used in the lineup however. Beleskey’s game is very comparable to former big boy Milan Lucic and to be perfectly honest this type of player has historically worked with David Krejci, the second line center. In my opinion Beleskey isn’t being utilized properly with Riley Nash and Austin Czarnik as they typically play a quicker pace. I think it makes sense to drop Ryan Spooner down to the third line and put Beleskey up on the second line. Beleskey and Krejci worked well together last season and playing with David Backes would make a potential second line that would be scary to play against. This potential line would work wonders for the Bruins as they try to find more consistency with their forward group and Matt Beleskey specifically.


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