Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Habs Ink Beaulieu To Three-Year Deal

The Montreal Canadiens announced today that they have signed Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to a three-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Beaulieu was selected in the first round, 17th overall by the Canadiens at last year’s National Hockey League Entry Draft.

In 53 regular season games with the Sea Dogs this past season, Beaulieu, 19, recorded 11 goals and 41 assists. In 17 playoff games he added four goals and 11 helpers. At the Memorial Cup, Beaulieu registered four assists in as many games.

According to the Canadiens’ website, Beaulieu “recorded 152 points (37 goals and 115 assists) in 233 games since his junior debut with Saint John.”

It’s been an eventful year for Beaulieu having captured the Memorial Cup last May, getting drafted in the first round, playing in some Canadiens pre-season games, rejoining the Sea Dogs for the season, won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the world juniors, and then helped the Dogs win their second straight President’s Cup.

Hockey’s Future has called Beaulieu Montreal’s No. 1 prospect.

The Strathroy, Ont. native will likely turn pro next season and play for the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs. 

Photo Credit: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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