Hamilton Bulldogs fans will have the pleasure of watching defenseman Nathan Beaulieu for probably the last time. The Canadiens have assigned Beaulieu to Hamilton for the next ten days during the Olympic break.
It is apparent that Beaulieu has nothing to be gained by playing in the American Hockey League but sitting a young player for a lengthy period in the middle of his rookie season is not helpful either. The Canadiens took advantage of Beaulieu’s rookie status to send him back to Hamilton without having to ask waivers.
The veteran players not involved in the Olympics will be away from the practice ice for the next ten days. Over that time Hamilton will play six games starting with Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto against the Marlies and the Bell Centre game against the Binghamton Senators on Friday February 21st.
From Canadiens Communications
MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have assigned defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to the Bulldogs.
Beaulieu has split this season between Hamilton and Montreal. In 32 games with Hamilton, the 6’2”, 194-pound defenceman has recorded 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) and 21 penalty minutes. In 16 games with Montreal, the Strathroy, Ontario native has recorded two assists and eight penalty minutes.
In 99 career American Hockey League regular season games with the Bulldogs, the 21-year-old has recorded 45 points (11 goals, 34 assists) and 84 penalty minutes. In 22 career National Hockey League games with the Canadiens, he has recorded four assists and eight penalty minutes.
Beaulieu was selected by the Canadiens in the first round (17th overall) in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft.