Beaulieu spent his rookie season between the fourth line on London and Junior B, as he had a tough time cracking a strong London team. He started out slowly in his sophomore season, spending time on the fourth line or the checking line, but as his confidence grew, he kept playing better and started seeing time on the second line in the later stages of the season. Has developed into one of the better middleweight fighters in the OHL.
Taken perhaps higher than he should have been given that he was a part of the high-flying London Knights.
2006-07: A succession of injuries and suspensions limited Beaulieu’s effectiveness in what was his fourth, and potentially final, season at the major junior level. The Windsor, ON native finished with 16 points (10 goals, six assists), a minus-9 rating and 93 penalty minutes in just 44 games. He did, however, step up his game considerably during the postseason, notching nine points (3 goals, 6 assists), a minus-1 rating and 31 PIMs in 10 games for London, which ultimately fell to the Plymouth Whalers in the OHL’s Western Conference finals. One of the Knights grittier performers, Beaulieu had evolved over the previous three seasons into a valuable two-way player, agitator and penalty-killer for the perennial OHL powerhouse.
2007-08: After four years with London (OHL), this was Beaulieu’s first with the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL). He made his professional debut on Oct. 5 vs. Norfolk. He scored his first pro point with a goal in Hamilton on Nov. 30. He scored the game-winner in two consecutive games, first in a 4-2 win at Albany on Jan. 5 and then in a 6-2 win vs. Bridgeport the next night.
Beaulieu is following a recent trend of prospects for the Knights. He was broken in slowly and then given a lot of ice time as he developed. Because of this, he has moved up the list on a number of scouts’ books. He has proven he can hold his own in a fight. Now he is proving that he can play good offensive hockey as he is starting to find a niche for himself on the second line. He goes into the corner with no fear and will pay the price in front of the net.
At the pro level he has the potential to be a fourth line energy guy who will run around and throw some big hits and drop the gloves when his team needs a lift.