Sep 24, 2011; Montreal, QC, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (40) skates with the puck against Ottawa Senators during the second period at the Bell Center. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Nathan Beaulieu: First Game as a Hab

Sep 24, 2011; Montreal, QC, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (40) skates with the puck against Ottawa Senators during the second period at the Bell Center. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Nathan Beaulieu will play his first game as a hab tomorrow as the Canadiens host the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre. Beaulieu is the third rookie defenseman to get called up this year as previous rookies Greg Pateryn and Jarred Tinordi were both sent down after as many games. Greg Pateryn only played 3 games and averaged a little less than 10 minutes while Jarred Tinordi averaged a little over 10 minutes. Beaulieu had 6 goals and 19 assists in 62 games with the bulldogs this year. According to hockeysfuture.com he ranks as Montreal’s top d-man prospect with an 8.0/10.0 in Prospect Talent Score which is very high for the young talented Beaulieu. Unfortunately this might be Marc Bergevin way of “showcasing” Beaulieu’s talent that can be valuable come trade deadline or looking at a different perspective which can be kick-starting the habs 2nd power play unit that has been struggling as of late. Beaulieu is a dynamic play and I’m excited to see him play tomorrow; but I am even more excited to see what teams have to offer Marc Bergevin come Wednesday.

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