Vancouver Canucks centre Michael Chaput (45) fights for control of the puck with Montreal Canadiens defenceman Nathan Beaulieu (28) during first period National Hockey League action in Vancouver on March 7, 2017.
Beaulieu was drafted in the first round (17th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
The Canadiens will receive Buffalo's third-round pick (68th overall) in the 2017 National Hockey League draft.
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Beaulieu was projected as a mobile, puck-moving defenseman with size, offense and the ability to qb the powerplay. "After just a handful of games, [then head coach] Michel Therrien decided he had seen enough".
Teams were allowed to either protect 7 forwards, 3 defensemen and 1 goalie, or 8 skaters and 1 goalie.
He's definitely going to be playing top four minutes with Buffalo and since they're likely going to lose a defenseman like Dmitry Kulikov in the expansion draft, Beaulieu has been a key acquisition.
We won't know until next week, but the Sabres did themselves some good by landing a d-man like Beaulieu.