Montreal Canadiens 2011 Draft Class: Disappointing Classes Are A Trend In The Early 2010s

The Montreal Canadiens had just two players from their 2011 class play in an NHL game.
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Nathan Beaulieu
2011 NHL Entry Draft - Round One / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages

Round 1

17th Overall - Nathan Beaulieu

Beaulieu debuted with the Hamilton Bulldogs at the start of the 2012-13 season, playing in 67 games. He recorded 31 points in his first season, earning him a call-up to the Canadiens at the end of March. He played six games, tallying two assists.

Beaulieu's play wasn't enough to stick in Montreal, as he played another 57 games with Hamilton the following season. He earned more playing time in Montreal. He played in 17 games but still got just two assists.

Beaulieu finally played with Montreal full-time in 2014-15, dressing for 64 games with one goal and eight assists. It was the beginning of a three-year run for him with the Canadiens, with his best season coming in 2016-17 when he had four goals and 24 assists.

The Canadiens traded Beaulieu to the Buffalo Sabres before the 2017 offseason as a pending restricted free agent.