When the Montreal Canadiens hit the ice on Saturday night, they’ll have a new presence in their lineup. In fact, it will be the youngest defensive presence to make his debut in their lineup in the last four years.
Nathan Beaulieu will get the call for the Habs after he was recalled from the Hamilton Bulldogs. He’ll become the youngest blue liner to make his debut since Yannick Weber back in 2009, and the third rookie defenseman that the Habs have called up this season.
Beaulieu is hoping that his stint will be at least a little longer than that of Greg Pateryn and Jarred Tinordi, who lasted a combined nine games and only posted one point. If what we know of Beaulieu is any indication, he’s going to be one to watch when he hits the ice on Saturday.
The top defensive prospect for the Canadiens, Beaulieu had six goals and 19 assists with Hamilton this season. He’s the type of guy who can move the puck from the blue line and be an asset on the power play. He needs to add a bit more bulk to his 6’3″ frame, but projects as a player who could potentially be a top pairing d-man, if not a no. 3.
Of course, that’s assuming this callup is to actually see what Beaulieu can do, rather than showcase him for other teams. There is some speculation that this is more of a showcase for a trade, but until that happens we can’t really be sure. Regardless, the fact that he’s debuting on Saturday is going to be something to watch.