Fighting is common place in hockey, even amongst teammates at a prospect camp when both players are trying to make an impression on club’s NHL coaches, scouts and management. But rarely do you see two fights between the same two players at a prospect camp that results in one with an apparent shoulder injury.
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Well this was the case in a recent scrimmage at the Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Camp when 2008 first round draft pick Kyle Beach and newly signed Mathis Olimb decided to drop the gloves twice. It was in the second fight that Olimb, who is undersized by roughly four inches and thirty pounds, injured his shoulder and could be out for up to four months. However, Beach is no stranger to scraps like this, he posted 186 PIM last season for the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League. But beyond being a physical force Beach is also very capable of being an offensive force; as evident by his 86 points (52 goals, 34 assists) in 68 games last year. [photogallerylink id=20220 align=left] While in the past Beach’s maturity has been questioned by some, if he continues to display such offensive skills there is no doubt that the ‘Hawks will give him every chance to mature. While these fights may have been one of the more interesting developments of the prospects camp, it shouldn’t remove any of the spotlight from Nick Leddy, Kevin and Jimmy Hayes and Shawn Lalonde, who all have begun to turn heads in the Blackhawks organization. While Lalonde is the only one of that previously mentioned group pushing for a roster spot, the prospects camp is a great place to spot the future Keiths, Seabrooks and Bollands.