I have processed images from the Drift Age Model of Fowler/Maslanik/Tschudi to draw attention to the extent of old ice in Beaufort. 2014, like 2013, enters the melt season looking more like a pre-2007 year in the highlighted region.
This amount of older ice is unusual for the post 2007 period, as the following gif animation shows, the area of interest being highlighted. Images from here.
It is possible that this will move further into Chukchi and then into the East Siberian Sea in the next few months. I expect that later in the coming summer this will hold up extent in the region highlighted above.