Beaulieu

 

Nathan Beaulieu, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-3

Weight: 191

Born: 1992-12-05

Hometown: Strathroy, Ontario

Drafted: 2011 by Montreal, 17th overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

October 2014 - Beaulieu made the Canadiens' opening night roster. Expect to see him play sheltered minutes with opportunities on the second power play unit barring an injury to Andrei Markov or PK Subban. His fantasy upside for now is limited but he should still be able to post respectable numbers in a secondary role. Eric Daoust

 

 

June 2014 - Beaulieu enjoyed some strong stretches with the Canadiens this year including suiting up for seven playoff games as the team made it to the third round. His speed and puck-moving abilities were a welcome addition on a blueline that lacked this type of player outside of PK Subban and Andrei Markov. With Markov possibly headed for free agency, Beaulieu could be a major player in Montreal next year. Eric Daoust

 

October 2013 - As the Canadiens deal with a couple of injuries on the blueline Beaulieu has managed to stick in Montreal as the seventh defenseman. So far he has appeared in two NHL contests. Eric Daoust

 

September 2013 - Beaulieu suffered an injury early in training camp but was able to suit up for the final two preseason contests. He displayed good offensive instincts and puck-moving ability. He will begin with the season with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs. Eric Daoust

 

August 2013 - Beaulieu pleaded guilty to an assault charge after an altercation at a house party back in April. He was granted a conditional discharge which will allow him to continue playing hockey. Eric Daoust

 

May 2013 – Beaulieu was named most valuable player of the Hamilton Bulldogs for the 2012-13 season. He finished with seven goals and 31 points in 67 games which is an impressive total considering he shared the team lead in points. Eric Daoust

 

April 2013 – Beaulieu has been called up to the Canadiens and played in his first NHL game. He may not be up for long with the team, who are rumored to be shopping for a puck-moving defenseman at the trade deadline, but the fact that he is seeing action is a good sign. Beaulieu will be battling with Jarred Tinordi for call-up priority moving forward. Eric Daoust

 

March 2013 - Beaulieu leads all Hamilton blueliners with 20 points in 58 games including six goals and a team-best 125 shots on goal. The Canadiens have recently called up Greg Pateryn and Jarred Tinordi to fill in for injuries, indicating that Beaulieu may farther away from getting a promotion to the NHL. This is probably best for his long-term development because he still needs time to improve in the defensive zone and make better decisions with the puck. Eric Daoust

 

December 2012 – It was expected that he would return to junior for his overage year as he started the season as a 19 year old, but as of today is turning 20. The decision for him to become a pro has not been a poor one, as his development may be expedited. His skating gets him out of major trouble in his own zone, but he needs to make better passing decisions and get the puck out harder on the boards to relieve pressure situations. He is currently running the power play and has 35 shots in 17 games to lead the Bulldog defense.  Jason Banks

 

 

August 2012 – Beaulieu has now signed his three year entry level contract. He will see a serious run in training camp as Montreal pushes him to his limits to see exactly what they have and where he will fit. He will likely be destine for Saint John for a final time in this fall, but with his talent and another strong showing in camp, Montreal may be forced to move some veteran talent in order to allow room for him in 2013-2014 season. You’ll want him on your radar for this season’s drafts in leagues that allow you to hold prospects.  Jason Banks

 

 

May 2012 – Nathan finished the season just under point per game in 53 games during the regular season. He has continued on in the QMJHL playoffs with 15 points and a rather large plus-27 in only 17 games. He will need to continue the production for Saint John to go far in the Memorial Cup. Jason Banks

 

February, 2012 – The smooth skating Beaulieu is poised to eclipse his career best 45 points with another rock solid season for the Sea Dogs. He’s an offensive defenseman who loves to join the rush. A fantastic skater with a great first pass and an underrated physical game. He received high praise from teammates during NHL preseason and didn’t look out of place. He has top four potential but will most likely need some AHL seasoning. - Derek LeBlanc

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

Potential power play quarterback but will need time to develop offense at the NHL level.

 

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