Nathan Beaulieu
Nathan Beaulieu
26-Year-Old DefensemanD
Buffalo Sabres
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Re-signed with the Sabres on a two-year, $4.8 million contract in July of 2017.
Rarely in lineup
DBuffalo Sabres
January 29, 2019
Beaulieu is often a healthy scratch as a result of a logjam, John Vogl of the Athletic reports.
The Sabres have eight healthy defensemen, meaning two are bound to be disappointed every game. Beaulieu is one who suffers from the logjam, as he's only played in one of Buffalo's past eight contests, so it's no surprise that he'd welcome a change of scenery, as he stated recently. Beaulieu has seven points in 26 games, but interestingly, all seven have come during his 16 games at home.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Requests trade
DBuffalo Sabres
January 17, 2019
Beaulieu has requested a trade out of Buffalo, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
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Back to press box
DBuffalo Sabres
January 16, 2019
Beaulieu will be a healthy scratch for Wednesday's game in Calgary, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
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Released from press box
DBuffalo Sabres
January 14, 2019
Beaulieu will rejoin the Sabres lineup for Monday's tilt in Edmonton.
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Returns to lineup
DBuffalo Sabres
December 29, 2018
Beaulieu will be back in the lineup for Saturday's tilt with the Bruins, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
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Will sit as healthy scratch
DBuffalo Sabres
December 27, 2018
Beaulieu (upper body) will watch Thursday's game against the Blues from the press box as a healthy scratch, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
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