Wild coach Evason praises prospect Beckman’s ability to score “fat” goals
The Minnesota Wild are reducing their roster at training camp and trying to find something close to their final decision two weeks before opening their season in Anaheim. While several players have made their way through the waiver thread en route to Iowa, there are certainly still significant entrants who are at the top of the prospect pool.
Marco Rossi, Matt Boldy, Calen Addison – they’re all still up for one of the bottom spots but are considered the organization’s top prospects, of course they’re still there.
However, head coach Dean Evason acknowledges that the guys who are still in Minnesota certainly deserve to survive after the Cups.
“You see the people who are still there,” Evason said Friday. “They make cuts every day. That doesn’t mean that the people who went to Iowa aren’t going to come back … We’re still going to take a look. But we wanted to focus on one group.
The Wild have four more preseason games to play, including a back-to-back one, so they’ll call the guys currently at the AHL camp to get another point, but for now it’s basically just the kids who can. to play and regulars in the NHL.
One of those kids is Adam Beckman and he can definitely score some hellish goals. Like many of them.
Known primarily for being a midrange shooter who easily passes the opposing goaltender, Beckman has taken his game to a professional level and this has seemed to have caught the attention of the Wild’s coaching staff.
“There are obviously other things in everyone’s game besides scoring goals, but yes we have to score goals to win games and he scores goals,” said Evason. “And he’s been doing it his whole life, I guess, and he continues to do it here.” Here, he’s not intimidated by the situation, the environment, he’s very vocal on the bench, he’s committed – he’s having a great camp.
When it was pointed out that Beckman had failed to meet his preseason goals by taking flicks from the face-off points, opening the top of the water bottles, but instead entering the greasy areas of the ice to push a rebound behind the goal line, Evason praised Beckman’s ability not to assume he can do the same thing he did in the WHL.
“It’s funny because that’s what we always say, there is not a move that goes [turn down] and you walk into that environment and you’re like, ‘Oh boy, I’d better move on to Zuccarello,’ he doesn’t care, he just shoots, ”Evason said. “We talk about it all the time – it’s wonderful and he’s going to score goals like that, but in the next stage, the next level, there won’t be that opportunity to shoot. So you have to do something more to score goals, and that’s what you’re talking about: the dirty, fatty, going to the net goal. You can still shoot, but that puck probably won’t go on an NHL goalie on a regular basis; but this rebound, this competitiveness, but this level of grain to find this second, third [chance], this will set you apart from scoring goals, as opposed to just being a shooter. “
“Willpower is the key. You see so many guys who can score goals in junior hockey, and they can score goals, but they’re not willing to pay the price to the next level. Fighting against a guy, these bigger, stronger men, you know, 30 year old men, instead of playing a 16 to 18 year old young man. So his willingness to compete in this area is really good.
Beckman is certainly not someone who takes professional hockey for granted. Even after leading the entire WHL in points, he did quite well in the AHL during the oddly shortened season affected by COVID, scoring three goals and five points in nine games before returning to Spokane once the season resumes. . Now, at only 20 years old, he is fighting very hard for a full time role with the Wild and shows immense ability to play with top players.
He’s always a real afterthought when it comes to the Wild’s top prospects, and even Evason was surprised to see him not as a side piece but really putting that work into it to stand out. When asked if her opinion of him had changed over the past week, Evason was sure it had.
“Yes, 100 percent,” he said. “The guys from Iowa saw him last year and he performed extremely well when he was there, again he scored goals. He is brought up every day. Coming from above with Billy, we reward people who stand out. You just mentioned, to our board, our thought process – it might not have been there, but now it is. Good for him, and we hope he will continue to do so.
Beckman might not be on the squad and it would be rare for him to do so against players like Rossi and Addison. It makes perfect sense to continue on the traditional development path of a full year in the AHL before trying again next year, but if he continues to score heaps and heaps of goals in the Iowa and there’s injury or underperformance in the top six, so maybe he should have a real look.
Give it some space, or not, and it’ll put it in the back of the net for you. Just another young player to add to the potential pile for the future roster.