Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Sabres acquire D Nathan Beaulieu in trade with Canadiens

Sabres acquire D Nathan Beaulieu in trade with Canadiens

Put the two together and now the Sabres added to their defense while the Canadiens will get something in return. A former first-round pick of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Beaulieu climbed his way up to the pros relatively early, a six-game stint with the Habs over the 2012-13 season.

With Montreal facing elimination in game six of their series against the New York Rangers in the 2017 National Hockey League playoffs, Beaulieu was named as a healthy scratch. In 225 career National Hockey League regular-season games, Beaulieu has totaled 60 points (7 goals, 53 assists) and a plus-19 rating, adding four points in 17 career playoff games.

Beaulieu was projected as a mobile, puck-moving defenseman with size, offense and the ability to qb the powerplay.

Beaulieu has played in parts of five seasons with the Canadiens and at 24 years old, is a strong skating defender who could help the Sabres on the 2nd or 3rd pairing.

New coach Claude Julien didn't have a lot of faith in him either as Beaulieu was a healthy scratch for Game-6 of the Habs/NY Rangers series.

The deal was struck just before National Hockey League teams were required to submit their protected lists for the Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft.

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