Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nicolas Beaudin
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Former First-Round Pick Defenseman Reportedly Wants Out of the Organization

Published January 7, 2024 at 10:33

Since the arrival of Jeff Gorton and Kent Hughes at the helm of the Montreal Canadiens, the CH has replenished its prospect pool to the point where the organization is considered one of the teams with the most promising future.

Notably, the Canadiens now boast their best defense in years with talented players like Kaiden Guhle, Jayden Struble, Jordan Harris, Justin Barron, and Arber Xhekaj. Additionally, young prospects David Reinbacher, Lane Hutson, and Logan Mailloux should not be overlooked, as they will all play a crucial role in the team's success in the coming seasons.

We can also add William Trudeau, Adam Engstrom, and Bogdan Konyushkov to this list, who might surprise everyone and eventually earn a spot on the defensive brigade led by Stéphane Robidas. However, although their potential is high, they will need to continue their development before hoping to make the jump to the Bettman circuit.

Even though Kent Hughes may face a happy problem in the future, this congestion on the Montreal blue line certainly limits and hinders the development of some players under contract with the Canadiens. In this regard, journalist Anthony Marcotte confirmed major information regarding Quebec defenseman Nicolas Beaudin.

According to what he heard, the former first-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks would like more playing time, as he is considering the possibility of leaving the organization to play quality minutes. It remains to be seen whether the management of the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge will grant his wish by completing a transaction or terminating his current agreement.

«Nicolas Beaudin would like a chance to play more, whether in Laval or elsewhere. He has entrusted the matter to his agent. For now, the Rocket prefers to use Mailloux, Xhekaj, and Trudeau in offensive roles. Story developing.» - Anthony Marcotte

Wow! This was unexpected!

It seems likely that the association between the Montreal Canadiens and Nicolas Beaudin may soon come to an end. After all, since Arber Xhekaj's demotion to the Rocket, his playing time has significantly decreased, having not been included in Jean-François Houle's lineup since December 16th.

Selected 27th overall in 2018, Nicolas Beaudin has the qualities necessary to excel in the American League, having accumulated 2 goals and 29 assists (31 points) in 52 games since joining the CH's farm team.

January 7   |   339 answers
Former First-Round Pick Defenseman Reportedly Wants Out of the Organization

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