The Hamilton Bulldogs have only three games left in their season. Nathan Beaulieu will finish the year with them after being returned to the club by the Canadiens Thursday.
No question about the talent of the 20 year old. His lack of experience showed in his most recent stay with the Canadiens. He was a healthy scratch in favour of Yannick Weber in Wednesday’s 6-4 loss in Pittsburgh. It should be noted however, in five games with the Canadiens this season, under controlled matchup situations, Beaulieu was plus-5.
HAMILTON, ONT – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced todaythat the Canadiens have reassigned defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to the Bulldogs.
Beaulieu, 20, who was on recall for the second time this season with the Canadiens, has played six games with Montreal posting two assists and a +5 rating. Beaulieu has played 64 games for the Bulldogs this season recording 28 points (7 goals, 21 assists) and 56 penalty minutes and leads the team in assists. The native of Strathroy, Ontario played four seasons for the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League registering 152 points (37 goals, 115 assists), a +124 rating and 206 penalty minutes in 233 regular season games. The 6’2”, 194-pound defenceman played 61 post-season games over four seasons for the Sea Dogs notching 48 points (12 goals, 36 assists), a +35 rating and 82 penalty minutes while helping Saint John capture the 2011 Memorial Cup. Beaulieu was originally selected by the Canadiens in the first round, 17th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.