Originally written December 22, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
Currently the top +/- rating in the NHL belongs to Francois Beauchemin of the Anaheim Ducks.  He has a +21 rating and is one point ahead of four other players.  Beauchemin is a very good defenceman and there is an interesting myth surrounding him that he only plays well in Anaheim. Beauchemin first had success in the NHL with the Anaheim Ducks in the 2005/06 season.  He quickly became an important part of the Ducks as their number three defenceman, where he won the Stanley Cup.  He played significant minutes with the team but was kept behind future Hall of Famers Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger in the depth charts.  In 2009 he signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs.  There he was immediately removed from the shelter of playing behind Niedermayer and Pronger.  Beauchemin was moved into a very tough role.  He played all the most defensive shifts against the opponent's best offensive players with little support from his team.  Toronto wasn't a good team and t...
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