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Nathan Beaulieu | Defenseman | #82

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/5/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 205
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (17) / MON
Contract: view contract details

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Nathan Beaulieu has signed a two-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres.
Beaulieu's new deal has annual average value of $2.4 million. The settlement avoids another potential arbitration hearing in the NHL this summer. Beaulieu achieved personal bests offensively in 2016-17 with four goals and 24 assists for 28 points in 74 games. He was obtained from Montreal in the off-season and play his first year with the Sabres in 2017-18. Jul 31 - 7:03 PM

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Nathan Beaulieu's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Aug. 4.

Beaulieu is next on the list after the Sabres avoided going to arbitration with Johan Larsson and Robin Lehner. Beaulieu reached career highs in 2016-17 with four goals and 24 assists for 28 points in 74 games with Montreal. He was acquired by Buffalo from the Canadiens in June.
Jul 28 - 6:13 PM

Nathan Beaulieu has decided to file for salary arbitration.

Beaulieu scored four goals and 28 points in 74 contests in 2016-17. He came with a $1 million cap hit last season.
Jul 5 - 6:15 PM

It is not clear if the Sabres acquired Nathan Beaulieu from the Canadiens to keep him or expose him to the expansion draft.

On the one hand, Beaulieu could fit in on the left side of the Sabres' third pairing giving Brendan Guhle some more time in the minors to develop. On the other hand, giving up a third-round pick to Montreal may have been a cheaper price to pay than what Vegas was offering to ensure other Sabres assets were off limits in the draft. It will be interesting to see what Buffalo does here.
Jun 18 - 8:48 AM

The Montreal Canadiens have traded Nathan Beaulieu to the Buffalo Sabres for a third-round pick in 2017.

Beaulieu started last season as Shea Weber's partner on Montreal's top pairing, but that experiment didn't last long. In the Canadiens' final playoff game of the season (Game 6 of their first-round series against the Rangers) Beaulieu was made a healthy scratch by Claude Julien. Despite falling out of favor in Montreal, Beaulieu still possesses the potential to be a top-four defenseman in the NHL. The 24-year-old scored a career-high four goals and 28 points in 74 games last season. Beaulieu is scheduled to become a restricted free agent on July 1st. This is a nice, low-risk move for the Sabres.
Jun 17 - 1:56 PM

Nathan Beaulieu could be traded before the end of the week.

The Canadiens will protect Shea Weber and Jeff Petry, so they'll only have one spot left for another defenseman. That spot could go to Beaulieu, but he seems to have fallen out of favor with the organization, as he was made a healthy scratch in Montreal's final playoff game against the Rangers. Montreal could opt to protect Jordie Benn instead. Beaulieu had a career-high 28 points this season.
Jun 13 - 7:28 PM

Nathan Beaulieu would like to stay with the Canadiens and believes that will be the case, but at this point it wouldn't be surprising if he wasn't back with the team next year.

"I still believe in myself and know I can be a big part of this team. It's tough to put a fingerprint on it right now, but I know I feel like I'm still a big part of this team on the back end," he said. "I feel like the organization still thinks that from talking to them. This is another big summer for me and get ready to come back to work again." Beaulieu's roster spot may be in jeopardy because of prospect Mikhail Sergachev, so a trade or a position in the expansion draft are possibilities.
Apr 26 - 10:53 AM

Nathan Beaulieu will be a healthy scratch in Game 6 against the New York Rangers on Saturday.

Beaulieu found himself outside of the top six during Montreal's morning skate at MSG on Saturday. He's had his share of struggles in the opening round of the playoffs, and he didn't really look good on Jesper Fast's shorthanded goal in Thursday's loss in Game 5. Brandon Davidson will take his spot in the lineup.
Apr 22 - 11:54 AM

Nathan Beaulieu had a rough night in Friday's 4-3 OT win over the New York Rangers.

Beaulieu started the game on a pairing with Nikita Nesterov, but the pairing was split up after both players struggled badly. Beaulieu was on the ice for all three goals against and he finished the night with a minus-3 rating in 23:29 of ice time. Beaulieu's spot in the lineup should be safe for now, but don't be surprised if Nesterov is benched going into Game 3. Nesterov is only in the lineup because Alexei Emelin is out with an injury.
Apr 15 - 8:55 AM

Nathan Beaulieu will be back on the ice Saturday night as the Canadiens take on the Senators.

He was a healthy scratch Thursday. In his last 11 games, Beaulieu has scored five points with one goal and four assists. He had one goal and one assist against Ottawa on March 19th. That was one of three occasions in which he earned multiple points.
Mar 25 - 6:50 PM

Nathan Beaulieu will be scratched against the Hurricanes on Thursday.

Through 66 games this season the young defender has posted three goals and 25 points along with 37 PIMs, 55 hits and 91 blocks.
Mar 23 - 2:53 PM

Nathan Beaulieu had a goal and an assist Sunday in a 4-1 win against Ottawa.

He earned a helper on a goal by defense partner Jordie Benn during the first period and scored a power-play marker of his own late in the third period. Beaulieu has produced 25 points in 65 matches this season.
Mar 20 - 10:53 AM

Nathan Beaulieu will be scratched on Tuesday night.

Coach Claude Julien wants to keep his healthy defenders in a rotation to keep them fresh, so it appears to be Beaulieu's turn to sit. Brandon Davidson is expected to play in his place.
Mar 14 - 1:01 PM

Nathan Beaulieu can become a restricted free agent after the 2016-17 season.

"I knew it was a big year for me," Beaulieu said. "I just wanted to go in full steam and not let opportunities pass me. The biggest thing is that now I feel that I got the ball rolling, it's just important to keep it going. Not to get comfortable and not to sit back." He has averaged 20:10 of ice time per game and he has collected 17 points in just 42 contests. The 24-year-old defender picked a fine time to have his best NHL season.
Jan 23 - 10:37 AM

Nathan Beaulieu contributed two assists Wednesday in a 7-4 win against Winnipeg.

He has stepped up lately with Andrei Markov out of the lineup. Beaulieu has accounted for one goal and seven helpers in the last seven games. He also has five power-play points during that span. Beaulieu is worth adding at this time if you are looking for help on the back end.
Jan 12 - 8:25 AM

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C1Jack Eichel
2Ryan O'Reilly
3Johan Larsson
4Evan Rodrigues
5Jacob Josefson
6Zemgus Girgensons
7Sean Malone
LW1Evander Kane
2Alexander Nylander
3Matt Moulson
4Benoit Pouliot
5Nicolas Deslauriers
6C.J. Smith
RW1Kyle Okposo
2Sam Reinhart
3Jason Pominville
4Justin Bailey
5Nicholas Baptiste
D1Rasmus Ristolainen
2Zach Bogosian
3Nathan Beaulieu
4Jake McCabe
5Marco Scandella
6Josh Gorges
7Viktor Antipin
8Matt Tennyson
9Justin Falk
G1Robin Lehner
2Chad Johnson
3Linus Ullmark