Clarkson's Beck Gets Life-Changing Call From Blues
The 2020 NHL Entry Draft was unlike any in the 57 year history of the event. A virtual draft was held over Tuesday (round one) and Wednesday (rounds 2-7) to allow NHL teams to select the rights to players from across the globe. While sitting in class at 6:41pm, Clarkson freshman defenseman, Noah Beck, got that call that changes your hockey life, from the 2019 Stanley Cup Champions, St. Louis Blues. With the 194th pick in the 7th round, the Blues made the 6'3" 194 lb Beck their final selection of the 2020 Draft. The NHL Entry Draft, different from Basketball and Football, is a projection draft that allows teams to pick based on current and future considerations. Very few players jump right into the NHL, rather they continue to develop in College or other leagues while their NHL team owns their rights. This allows for players like Beck to develop in a college setting with great coaching and facilities while still pursuing a degree. Beck was the top offensive defenseman for the USHL's Fargo Force last season and voted the teams Rookie of the Year. The Richmond Hill, Ontario native is currently enrolled in the Reh School of Business at Clarkson University. The St. Louis Blues have a Golden Knights connection in addition to Becks drafting, former Golden Knight, Ben Dalpe is the teams Hockey Video Analyst and Golden Knight Hall of Famer, Dave Taylor is the franchises VP of Hockey Operations. Beck becomes the second Golden Knight ever drafted by the Blues (Paul Karpowich '08 #185) and the 83rd Clarkson Hockey Player (PDF) to be selected in the NHL Entry Draft.