We’ve partnered up with Pension Plan Puppets to bring to you a Player Review series, where we will be evaluating and grading the 2009-10 season for every Leaf who featured in a significant number of games for the Blue and White last season, with an eye towards 2010-11. First up is Francois Beauchemin, profiled by SkinnyFish:
Brought in by his former GM to be a workhorse shutdown defenseman for the Maple Leafs, Beauchemin (aka Happy Trails, aka Not Durno) came with the expectation that he would be the same player who hadÂ more TOI than Chris Pronger during theÂ Anaheim Ducks cup run in 2007. The hope was that he would be among the best second pairing defensemen in the league. And while he very well might be just that for the Leafs, this past season brought more angst than praise for Francois Beauchemin.
Based on pre-season expectations and the lay of the land at the end of the season, I’d give Francois Beauchemin a 6.5 on this past season. While not his best ever offensively or defensively; I think he did exactly what he was supposed to do; play hard minutes against top opposition with a little added time on special teams. With the addition of Phaneuf, Beauchemin is now less relied upon for his offense and I believe that to be a good thing. While some may say that paying a 2nd pairing defenseman $3.8M is a sin in the salary cap era, I think those people are first looking at what is being paid to Phaneuf and Komisarek and then judging Beauchemin on their salaries as a whole. If you take a look at similar defensemen;Â Craig Rivet,Â Dennis Wideman,Â Michal Rozsival; Beauchemin’s contract doesn’t look bad at all with his numbers.”
For the full breakdown of the positives and negatives of Beauchemin’s season, clickÂ here.
Now it’s your turn to rate Beauchemin’s play on a scale of 1-10 based on his performance relative to both his potential and your expectations. Weigh in with your thoughts at PPP as well.