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We continue our prospect review and forecast series with a review and forecast for Beck Malenstyn. (You can access all of our Capitals Prospect Reports and player analysis on our “Prospects” page in the top menu bar or right here.)
Beck Malenstyn, (19) signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Capitals on April 10th, 2017 for $736,666 average annual value (AAV). He will be a restricted free agent in the summer of 2021 and is waivers-exempt for the coming season.
Malenstyn’s top scoring season occurred during the 2016-2017 season with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL, where he registered 32 goals and 24 assists in 70 games played. The season would ultimately garner him a contract with the Capitals in April of 2017.
2017-2018 SEASON SUMMARY
Malenstyn was traded from Calgary to Swift Current just four games into the 2017-2018 season. The move would ultimately pay huge dividends as Malenstyn and the Broncos would win the WHL championship and hoist the Ed Chynoweth Cup. He finished the season with 17 goals and 15 assists in 42 games played in the regular season. Malenstyn added another four goals and 11 asssits in postseason play.
2017-2018 MONTH-BY-MONTH RECAP AND TREND ANALYSIS
The following is a compilation of our month-by-month prospect reports for Beck Malenstyn during the 2017-2018 season.
After putting up an astounding 32 goals (and 24 assists) in 70 games last season, Malenstyn has zero goals and three assists through four games. Sadly, he has been out with an injury and has missed about 10 games. Hopefully he heals up soon and gets back to his goal scoring ways.
Malenstyn remains injured and didn’t play a game in all of November, however, there are two pieces of good news for him. First, he’s only a couple of weeks from being back, and secondly, he was traded to the third-best team in the WHL, after playing for the second-worst in the league. Hopefully, a better team means better linemates and he can get to scoring goals.
As we mentioned last month, in November, Malenstyn was traded from the Calgary Hitmen to the Swift Current a broncos, the third-best team in the WHL. The move will allow the left-winger to play with a little higher caliber talent. After sitting out a good portion of the season with an injury, Malenstyn has returned from injury in decent fashion, registering two goals and two assists in just three games played in the month of December. He will be one to keep a regular eye on in the month of January.
Beck Malenstyn, who played just four games with the Calgary Hitmen before being injured on Sept. 30, made his Swift Current debut Dec. 27 . Malenstyn, who signed a three-year entry-level deal with the Washington Capitals last April, suited up for 74 games for the Hitmen over the past two seasons registering 59 points. He was the Capitals’ fifth round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Malenstyn totaled four goals and two assists in January, bringing his season total with both clubs to six goals and seven assists in just 22 games this season. Look for Malenstyn to possibly spend some time with Hershey this spring. He is also a potential winger for Hershey’s roster this fall.
Malenstyn had a good February which saw an uptick in his scoring. He registered seven goals and seven assists in 12 games played in the month. Malenstyn now has 13 goals and 14 assists in just 34 games played this season. You may recall that Malenstyn missed all of October through December due to injury. Malenstyn has been holding down the left wing position on the top line for Swift Current. Malenstyn has 84 shots on goal for a 7.64 shooting percentage and is averaging .75 points per game.
Malenstyn had a relatively quiet month of March, registering just one goal and one assist. The 6′-2″ left winger finished the regular season with 17 goals and 15 assists in 42 games played. (four games with the Calgary Hitmen and 38 games played with the Swift Current Broncos) A pretty good season considering the fact that he missed a good portion of the season due to injury. (You may recall that Malenstyn missed all of October through December due to injury). Malenstyn has been holding down the left wing position on the top-line for Swift Current. Malenstyn has one goal and no assists in six postseason games. Malenstyn and the Swift Current Broncos have a decisive Game 7 against the Regina Pats on 4/2, with the winner moving on to the second round of the WHL playoffs. The Capitals signed Malenstyn to a three-year, entry-level contract beginning with the 2017-18 season.
Malenstyn’s time in the WHL is most likely done as he will make the jump to the AHL this fall in Hershey. It’s likely he will be initially battling for a left wing spot, but could eventually see some time at other forward positions.
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