Habs Trade Nathan Beaulieu

The Montreal Canadiens announce a trade involving Nathan Beaulieu just over an hour before the 3:00pm ET league-wide trade freeze (excluding Vegas). The Habs have traded Beaulieu within the Atlantic Division to the Buffalo Sabres.

In exchange for the 24-year old defenceman, Montreal receives a third round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.


Photo: NHL.com

Nathan Beaulieu
Position: Defence
Age: 24
Birthplace: Strathroy, ON, Canada
Shoots: Left
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 205


Beaulieu was a former first round selection – having been drafted 17th overall by the Canadiens at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Notable players who would be selected after Beaulieu in the first round include Oscar Klefbom, Phillip Danault and Rickard Rackell.

Beaulieu was drafted out of the Memorial Cup winning Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) in his draft year. He would spend one more season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League before making the jump to professional hockey.

Between 2012 and 2015, he spent most of his time with the American Hockey League affiliates of the Canadiens – Hamilton Bulldogs. But each season, he had more of a chance to play with Montreal with 6, 17 and 64 games played with the top team respectively.

In 132 career AHL games, Beaulieu recorded 16 goals and 46 assists. In 225 career NHL games the blue liner scored 7 goals and tallied 53 assists.

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2 Responses to Habs Trade Nathan Beaulieu

  1. get real..trade him for a 3rd round pick in a weak draft year..what is wrong with MB…is he nuts …what a waste of talent..

    bay bye June 17, 2017 at 2:54 pm Reply
  2. You watch Beaulieau grow into something special under the tutelage of Phil Housley in Buffalo. It will be another example of how incompetent our management and coaching teams are failing in player development.

    I don’t know how MB can fix what we need on Defense. Without a true rushing/playmaking Top pairing guy to play alongside Weber we are in a world of hurt. JJ can’t tie his own shoes let alone coach/develop a young defensemen. Bergevin wants them to play like he did on a bottom pairing or Healthy Scratch. Once this team loses Price they are done.

    Ned Stark June 20, 2017 at 1:05 am Reply

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