Nathan Beaulieu

Nathan Beaulieu

28-Year-Old DefensemanD
Winnipeg Jets
2021 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Nathan Beaulieu in 2021. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a two-year, $2.5 million contract with the Jets in October of 2020.
Cleared ahead of camp
DWinnipeg Jets
September 16, 2021
Beaulieau (shoulder) is fully fit for the start of training camp according to coach Paul Maurice, Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
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Beaulieu was limited to just 25 games last year in which he tallied one goal, 26 shots and 39 hits while averaging 16:44 of ice time. With the addition of Nate Schmidt in the offseason, Beaulieau could struggle to break into the lineup with any consistency, making him a relative non-factor in fantasy contests.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    7:06
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:00
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:03
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2019–20
17:00
0:02
2:18
2020–21
16:44
0:05
1:44
2021–22
7:06
0:00
2:03
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Beaulieu's first full year with the Jets was interrupted by injuries, limiting him to just eight points in 38 games. The 28-year-old defenseman added 62 hits and 47 blocked shots. He averaged 17:00 per game, and could see similar usage in a bottom-pairing role in 2020-21. A stable defensive presence, Beaulieu isn't likely to score much more than 15 points in a best-case scenario. His non-scoring numbers aren't going to make up for his lack of offense, so fantasy managers can leave Beaulieu undrafted in most formats.
After coming over from Buffalo at the trade deadline, Beaulieu saw action in just 18 games for the Jets and was a healthy scratch in all six postseason contests. The departures of Jacob Trouba, Tyler Myers and Ben Chiarot will open the door for the 25-year-old Beaulieu to be a mainstay on the blue line in 2019-20, which should set him up to log more than his 16:51 average from last year. Even with the added minutes, the defensive-minded blueliner's ceiling is likely in the 20-point range, which gives him low-end fantasy value even in deeper formats.
Beaulieu was unimpressive in his first season with Buffalo after notching career highs across the board with the Habs prior to the trade, finishing with just nine points and a minus-19 rating in 59 games, and bringing little of the offense and two-way play that had been advertised. He also averaged nearly three fewer minutes per game than the year before, a worrying sign that coach Phil Housley is losing confidence in him. The 25-year-old gets a fresh start this season and he still has plenty of potential, but expectations must be tempered. With 2018 first overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin in tow, Beaulieu will slide down the depth chart.
The 2016-17 season was expected to be one in which Beaulieu -- Montreal’s first-round draft pick in 2011 -- broke out, and in many ways he did. Elevated to a top-four role, including opening the year as Shea Weber’s partner, Beaulieu posted a career-high 28 points, including 12 on the power play, tying him with Andrei Markov despite much fewer minutes. So, how did he go from that level to a healthy scratch in the final playoff game? Beaulieu excelled when he focused on the man advantage and penalty kill, but breakdowns occurred under the dynamics of even-strength play. Beaulieu was ultimately given less ice time under Claude Julien, and the playoff benching was the proverbial writing on the wall that he'd end up with a one-way ticket out of Montreal. However, instead of losing him for nothing in the expansion draft, Montreal flipped Beaulieu to Buffalo for a third-round pick. He signed a two-year deal, avoiding arbitration and bringing offensive upside to the Sabres.
Beaulieu experienced incremental improvement last season, playing the same number of games as the year before while upping his point total by 10 -- although that still resulted in a total of only two goals and 17 assists. Still, as he enters his age-23 season, Beaulieu is in good position to continue improving; he was an accomplished scorer from the blue line in juniors and the AHL, and seems to be grasping the NHL game better and better as he goes along. With the Habs looking to reduce Andrei Markov's workload, Beaulieu could be headed for big minutes and should reward fantasy owners with late-draft value.
The shakeup on the Montreal blue line suggests an enhanced role for Beaulieu in 2014-15. They Habs have traded Josh Gorges while letting Francis Bouillon and Douglas Murray walk, clearing at least two spots for some of the organization's younger defenseman. Beaulieu held his own in 24 games at the NHL level, including seven during the playoff run, finishing with a plus-9 and four assists. While playing with AHL Hamilton, he had 27 points and five power-play goals, but was a team-worst minus-19 on a bad Bulldogs team. He has offensive skills and more importantly size. Look for Beaulieu or Jarred Tinordi to grab one of the six spots on defense.
Beaulieu, a first-round draft pick in 2011, had his first taste of the professional leagues in 2013, opening the season with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs and getting a brief call up to Montreal. He had 31 points (7 goals, 24 assists) and was a minus-8 for the Bulldogs. Beaulieu's made strides defensively, but his improvement doesn't jump out at you as the Bulldogs were the worst team in the AHL. He's behind Jarrod Tinordi in the pipeline, but will be part of the Canadiens' future. He possesses smart offensive skills that make him a replacement for Andrei Markov as the quarterback on the power play.
Bealieu, 18, repeated his 45-point performance from 2009-10 for the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2010-11. The smooth-skating defenseman excels in transition, creates passing lanes and is a smart distributor. The big questions are his ability on the defensive end. Things like skating backward and pivoting while in retreat. He could also stand to add some heft in the coming years. He'll return to Saint John this season.
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Moves to LTIR
DWinnipeg Jets
Shoulder
April 12, 2021
Beaulieu (shoulder) was placed on long-term injured reserve Monday, per CapFriendly.
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Done for the year
DWinnipeg Jets
Shoulder
April 2, 2021
Beaulieu underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum he'd been playing through and will miss the rest of the 2020-21 campaign.
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Headed for IR
DWinnipeg Jets
Upper Body
March 10, 2021
Beaulieu (upper body) is expected to miss "weeks" and will be designated for injured reserve, Mitchell Clinton of JetsTV reports.
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Exits with upper-body injury
DWinnipeg Jets
Upper Body
March 9, 2021
Beaulieu will not return to Tuesday's game versus the Maple Leafs due to an upper-body injury.
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Earns two-year contract
DWinnipeg Jets
October 9, 2020
Beaulieu signed a two-year, $2.5 million contract with the Jets on Friday.
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