Matt Beleskey

Matt Beleskey: 'I'm not Milan Lucic'

February 09, 2016 - 5:59 am
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Bruins forward Matt Beleskey has similar numbers to Milan Lucic a season ago, but he'€™s trying to avoid the comparison to the former Bruin. "He'€™s a great player. If anyone put me in that [class] I'€™d take it, but like I said [when I came here] I'€™m not Milan Lucic," Beleskey said Monday. "I won'€™t be that player. I'€™m different. I'€™m my own player and that'€™s the way I'€™ve been playing all year." Beleskey, who signed a five-year contract worth $3.8 million annually this offseason to replace Lucic, has nearly identical goals per 60 (.68) to what Lucic had in his final season in Boston (.70). He currently finds himself in a scoring slump that'€™s seen him score just one goal in his last 16 games, a slump that Lucic himself had last season. Claude Julien said he'€™s happy with Beleskey, whom he feels the Bruins signed for his physicality rather than raw numbers. "It'€™s his production that'€™s maybe thrown things off a little bit," Julien said Monday. "Do people have the right view of what he is as a player vs. looking at last year'€™s stats and thinking that'€™s what it should be or even better. We knew what we were getting. We were getting a guy that, [after] losing Lucic, would give us some grit, would be able to contribute offensively here and there as well. So far he'€™s given us that. To me, he'€™s a player that, when you look at our group up front, he'€™s a player that we really need." To read more on Beleskey's season and how it compares to Lucic's final season in Boston, click here for Monday's story.

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