CHICAGO – One of the guys who has stood for recently-named Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau is defenseman Francois Beauchemin, who’s eating up ice time in large quantities since the coach’s arrival.
In fact, Boudreau compared Beauchemin to a comic book hero at Friday’s morning skate before the Ducks play the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center (8:30 p.m.).
“Beauchemin has played 30 minutes a game since I’ve been here and he’s been a solid work horse and a warrior,” Boudreau said. “He’s the guy that has stood out more than anybody. He doesn’t tire at all. The more minutes you get … he’s like the Hulk. I mean, the angrier he got the stronger he got. This is a little bit like (Beauchemin) in the more he plays, he seems to get more energy from it.”
Boudreau said he used to keep track of Beauchemin more when he was with the Toronto Maple Leafs and lost track of him a little after moving to the West coast. The ex-Capitals coach used the Incredible Hulk comparison with Mike Green during his tenure in Washington a couple of times.
“When I used to watch him in Toronto when he was playing, it seemed like he was all over the place and I didn’t know what we were getting, because you don’t see as many Anaheim games (on the East coast),” said Boudreau, who fired by the Washington Capitals just a couple of days before taking the Ducks job. “Here he’s been really steady and a great leader in the room and doing all the right things.”