With only an hour left until the trade freeze, the Habs have traded Nathan Beaulieu. The young defensemen in on his way to Buffalo in return for a 3rd round pick in this year’s draft. The pick will be the 68th overall in the draft.
The 24-year-old Beaulieu has 7 goals, 53 assists and 60 points in 225 games played. Beaulieu really stepped up his game last season, finishing with 28 points in 74 games. He was also a positive Corsi player and had 55.79 goals for percentage. Despite his improved play, a big problem with Beaulieu was his inconsistency. One game he would look like a top-2 defenseman. Next game, he would look like he barely belongs in the league. By the season’s end, Beaulieu was made a healthy scratch by the Habs management.
This trade comes as no surprise to Habs fans. It was clear that Montreal was having trust issues with the player, on and off the ice. It was also likely that the Habs would have lost Beaulieu in the upcoming expansion draft for nothing. Even with this in mind, only receiving a 3rd round pick is slightly overwhelming considering what Beaulieu may develop into.