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EX-PRO DAD KEEPS SON'S FOCUS POSITIVE

Jeff Beukeboom, whose career was marred by a blindside hit, supports Lightning pick Brock.

Brock Beukeboom was 6 years old when his father, Rangers defenseman Jeff Beukeboom, was knocked cold by a sucker punch from Kings tough guy Matt Johnson.

Brock said he has watched the video and called it "just the worst thing you can see in hockey."

Funny how good and bad get tangled up. On a day that should have been about Brock, drafted 63rd overall by the Lightning on Saturday in the third round at the Staples Center, the questions were about how the ugly November 1998 hit that caused a concussion and quickened Jeff's retirement formed Brock's perception of the game.

But Brock, now 18, said it is not how his father's career ended - Jeff retired the next summer - that has shaped him as a player, but how Jeff supported his decision to play. There also was Jeff's suggestion two years ago that his son switch from wing to defense, a move that clearly has paid off.

"I want to embrace it," Brock said of Jeff's legacy. "There's always pressure to follow in his footsteps. But I think of it as an opportunity to do something my dad did. He's definitely someone I can look up to."

"He's had a concussion," Jeff said of Brock. "He's well aware of what this game is all about. I've told Brock all along, 'You want to quit tomorrow, I have no problem with that. It's your life. Just make sure whatever you do, you do it with passion.' "

Jeff, 6 feet 5, 230 pounds, had 1,890 penalty minutes and 30 goals in 804 games with Edmonton and New York. Brock, 18, and at 6-1, 202, can play the tough guy as well, but he is more versatile. Lightning director of player personnel Jim Hammett praised his passing. Jeff said his son is a better athlete, handles the puck better and shoots harder.

General manager Steve Yzerman said the bloodlines are a bonus: "It's a frame of reference. Brock's dad was a committed professional hockey player who worked hard and was a character guy. That has a great impact on the boy they raise."

As did Jeff's conclusion that Brock's path to the NHL might quicken if he played on the blue line. The Lightning on Saturday took five defensemen with its seven picks. "Defensemen are hard to come by," Jeff said, "especially ones who can play."

"(Jeff) was the guy clearing bodies in front of the net and making the big hit," said Brock, who had seven goals, 26 points and 64 penalty minutes for Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League, where his father also played. "I have some aspects of that, but I try to play a solid two-way game and jump up in the play and try to create some offense."

Brock said he had no expectations about when he would be drafted. It did strike him and Jeff odd, though, that his path to the NHL began in the city that was the beginning of the end of his father's. Jeff, an assistant coach at OHL Sudbury, said he hadn't visited since Johnson hit him in the back of the head at the old Forum in Inglewood.

"I hadn't even thought about it," he said. "I try to put things behind. Stay focused, stay positive and work hard, and good things happen to good people."

Like his son.

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Lightning Day 2 draft crop

RD (OVERALL)..........PLAYER.................................POSITION

3 (63)......................Brock Beukeboom..................Defenseman

3 (66)......................Radko Gudas.........................Defenseman

3 (72)......................Adam Janosik........................Defenseman

4 (96)......................Geoffrey Schemitsch..............Defenseman

4 (118)....................James Mullin..........................Forward

6 (156)....................Brendan O'Donnell.................Center

7 (186)....................Teigan Zahn..........................Defenseman

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Lightning Day 2 draft picks

Brock Beukeboom

Round: 3 (63rd overall)

Position: Defenseman

Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 202Age: 18

Hometown: Greenwich, Conn.

Need to know: Son of former Rangers defenseman Jeff Beukeboom. ... Ranked by NHL Central Scouting as No. 41 skater playing in North America. ... At the 2010 Top Prospects Game, won the hardest shot competition with a blast of 92.4 mph. ... Had seven goals, 26 points and 64 penalty minutes in 66 games for OHL Sault Ste. Marie.

Radko Gudas

Round: 3 (66)

Position: Defenseman

Ht./Wt.: 5-11, 192Age: 20

Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic

Need to know: Ranked by NHL Central Scouting as No. 91 skater in North America. ... Had seven goals, 37 points and a whopping 151 penalty minutes in 65 games for WHL Everett.

Player personnel director Jim Hammett says: "He's a stay-at-home, shutdown defenseman who plays really in-your-face hockey. Not the tallest guy, but very thick and strong."

Adam Janosik

Round: 3 (72)

Position: Defenseman

Ht./Wt.: 5-11, 170Age: 17

Hometown: Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia

Need to know: Ranked by NHL Central Scouting as No. 176 skater in North America. ... Had nine goals, 35 points and 45 penalty minutes in 63 games for QMJHL Gatineau. ... Potential power-play quarterback.

Hammett says: "One of the reasons we really liked him is he plays bigger than he is. There's a gritty side to his game, and we like the way he sees the ice."

Geoffrey Schemitsch

Round: 4 (96)

Position: Defenseman

Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 180Age: 18

Hometown: Toronto

Need to know: Ranked by NHL Central Scouting as No. 123 skater in North America. ... Had four goals, 40 points and 24 penalty minutes in 62 games for OHL Owen Sound.

Head amateur scout Darryl Plandowski says: "Good size and smart. He has to get stronger, but we'll give him time."

James Mullin

Round: 4 (118)

Position: Forward

Ht./Wt.: 5-10, 152Age: 18

Hometown: Philadelphia

Need to know: Ranked by NHL Central Scouting as No. 165 skater in North America. ... Had 32 goals, 72 points in 55 games for Shattuck-St. Mary's, a Minnesota prep school renown for its hockey program. ... Has a scholarship to Miami (Ohio) but will play next season for USHL Fargo.

Plandowski says: "As far as skating skill and sense, he's as good as anybody was on the Shattuck-St. Mary's team. He's a little undersized, but we have an undersized guy on our team (Marty St. Louis) who is pretty good."

Brendan O'Donnell

Round: 6 (156)

Position: Center

Ht./Wt.: 6-0, 185Age: 18

Hometown: Flin Flon, Manitoba

Need to know: Unranked by NHL Central Scouting after being ranked No. 195 skater in North Americaat midseason. ... Rookie of the year for Winnipeg South of Manitoba Junior Hockey League with 29 goals, 61 points and 55 penalty minutes in 53 games. ... Will attend North Dakota.

Plandowski says: "A smart, hard-nosed, puck-moving guy. ... We'll wait for him."

Teigan Zahn

Round: 7 (186)

Position: Defenseman

Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 218Age: 20

Hometown: Regina, Saskatchewan

Need to know: Ranked by NHL Central Scouting as No. 151 skater in North Americaafter being unranked at midseason. ... A fifth-round Blackhawks pick in 2008 but re-entered draft. ... Had three assists, 84 penalty minutes in 44 games for WHL Saskatoon.

Hammett says: "I really think he's going to challenge for a spot with (AHL) Norfolk this year."

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Day 1 pick

Brett Connolly

Round: 1 (6)

Position: Right wing

Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 181Age: 18

Hometown: Prince George, British Columbia

Info: Ranked by NHL Central Scouting as No. 3 skater in North America. ... Limited to 16 games this past season for WHL Prince George because of hip injuries but still had 10 goals, 19 points. ... Had 30 goals and 60 points in 65 games for Prince George in 2008-09, when he was the first WHL 16-year-old to score 30 goals since now-Sharks All-Star Patrick Marleau in 1995-96.

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