Sabres trade 3rd round pick for D Nathan Beaulieu

Posted at 2:09 PM, Jun 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-17 14:09:20-04

On a day that had all the makings of chaos ahead of the release of the protect players list for the Expansion Draft and the trade and waiver freeze at 3 p.m., the Sabres made a bit a noise trading for a defenseman.

Buffalo sent a third round pick (68th overall) to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Nathan Beaulieu.

Selected 17th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft, the 24-year old blueliner played 74 games a season ago, a career high, while collecting a career best 28 points.

He had combined for 28 points the previous two years from 2014-2016.

Beaulieu is viewed by analysts as an upgrade to the Sabres D-corps with his size along with his ability to skate and move the puck.