Although Brock Beukeboom –son of Jeff Beukeboom– hasn’t been able to stay healthy during his early career in the OHL, the Rangers have had him on their radar, according to Bruce Berlet. When the Rangers added Senior Beuk to the coaching staff in Connecticut, the interest appeared to have intensified.
Per Berlet, the Rangers were looking to bring in Beukeboom to the now canceled Traverse City Tournament. The former third round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning (traded to St. Louis in the Eric Brewer deal) is now a free agent. Concussions and head injuries led to the Blues deciding to let him go.
The Rangers were not only interested in bringing Beuk to the Traverse City Tournament, but were also interested in bringing him in to a pro contract:
Brock, who was born in Greenwich while dad was with the Rangers and was a forward during much of his youth hockey career, is a free agent and could have signed a pro contract with the Rangers. But he opted to play another season with the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs, who acquired him from Sault St. Marie last season.
It’s clear the Rangers have a lot of interest in Beukeboom. Based on Berlet’s analysis of the Rangers’ interest, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Beuk join the Rangers organization after this season in the OHL.
One thing is for sure, it would be intriguing to see how Brock would do under Jeff’s tutelage in Connecticut.