Beaulieu welcomed Montreal trading him to Buffalo Sabres

Acquired by Sabres

Following this trade, the Sabres still have seven picks in the 2017 NHL Draft in the following rounds: 1st, 2nd, 2nd (from Minnesota), 3rd (from Washington), 4th, 6th and 7th.

Before that Nate split time between Montreal and Hamilton (the Habs old AHL affiliate) from 2012-13 to 2014-15.

Beaulieu was projected as a mobile, puck-moving defenseman with size, offense and the ability to qb the powerplay.

All of a sudden, Montreal's left side defensive depth has taken a major hit with Beaulieu gone as well as top prospect Mikhail Sergachev who was dealt in exchange for Jonathan Drouin back on Thursday. "After just a handful of games, [then head coach] Michel Therrien decided he had seen enough".

He added one assist in five playoff games.

Beaulieu immediately improves the Sabres' blue line under new coach Phil Housley, a Hall of Fame defenseman.

While the Canadiens weren't expected to protect the 2011 first-round pick, Buffalo did at the expense of exposing two more high-profile — and higher-priced — defensemen in Zach Bogosian and Josh Gorges.

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