Beaulieu traded to Winnipeg

The Sabres ease their log jam on the blue line with the trade of Nathan Beaulieu to the Jets

Brayton Wilson
February 25, 2019 - 3:51 pm

Photo: Kim Klement - USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Sabres have traded defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to the Winnipeg Jets on Monday just before the 3 p.m. NHL Trade Deadline.

In exchange, the Sabres acquired a sixth round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft from the Jets.

In 30 games this season, Beaulieu scored three goals and registered four assists for seven points as a depth defenseman on the Sabres blue line. In parts of two seasons with the Sabres, Beaulieu scored four goals and picked up 12 assists in 89 games.

Earlier this season on January 17, Renaud Lavoie from TVA Sports in Quebec reported that Beaulieu had requested a trade, but it was later clarified that him and his agent suggested that the Sabres explore a trade if nothing changes about his playing time. At the time, Beaulieu had played in 26 games.

Sabres general manager Jason Botterill acquired Beaulieu from the Montreal Canadiens before the 2017-18 season in exchange for a third round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. In 225 career NHL games, Beaulieu has scored seven goals and registered 60 points.

The 26-year-old left-handed defenseman was a first round pick (17th overall) of the Canadiens in the 2011 NHL Draft.

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