Nathan Beaulieu, Joonas Nattinen Called Up By Montreal Canadiens

Oct 24, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (40) looks back at the scoreboard during the first period against the Anaheim Ducks at the Bell Centre. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens have finally reached out to their farm team and made a pair of callups.

Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu and center Joonas Nattinen have been brought up from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

Apr 11, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens right wing Brian Gionta (21) and defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (40) celebrate a goal against the Buffalo Sabres during the game at the First Niagara Center. Canadiens beat the Sabres 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The move was made necessary nearly two weeks ago when Alex Galchenyuk was injured in a game against the Florida Panthers. The young forward will be out for six weeks, and with Ryan White already on the shelf, the Canadiens becamse very thin up front.

David Desharnais sat out the game against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night, and with no extra forwards on the roster, the Habs were forced to go with seven defenseman for the night. It would have made a lot more sense to bring a forward up when the move was needed nearly two weeks ago.

Anyway, Beaulieu has finally started to find his offensive game with the Hamilton Bulldogs. The first round pick of the Habs in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft has just 14 points on the season, but has scored six in the past seven games.

He is an offensive defenseman, who is a great skater, puck mover and has the ability to play on the power play. His power play skills may come in handy for a team that has struggled mightily in that area recently. Beaulieu has already suited up for five games with the Canadiens this season, and had one assist.

Joonas Nattinen is more of a defensive forward, who could find time on the Canadiens fourth line going forward. The 23 year old Finland native, has 11 points in 37 games with the Bulldogs this season. He was drafted in the third round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, and is still looking to make his NHL debut.

The Canadiens next game is tomorrow night when they head to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs.

Topics: Joonas Nattinen, Montreal Canadiens, Nathan Beaulieu

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