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Former first round draft pick gives up on his NHL dream, announces just next move


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TJ Tucker
November 2, 2023  (3:20 PM)
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After close to 500 games in the NHL, a former first-round pick has now signed in Europe after being unable to find any takers in free agency.

Defenceman Nathan Beaulieu has signed a contract with EHC Kloten of the National League in Switzerland. The deal takes effect immediately and runs through to the end of this season.
"Nathan is an extremely complete defenseman who stood out in the NHL for his physical and consistent defensive play. But he also has great qualities on the offensive end, which he has been able to demonstrate time and again in the world's best hockey league." - EHC Kloten

Beaulieu was drafted 17th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 2011. After a few seasons there, he moved on to the Buffalo Sabres, and then the Winnipeg Jets. After four seasons in Winnipeg, he signed a one-year deal last season with the Anaheim Ducks, where he played 52 games. In 471 career NHL games, Beaulieu managed 12 goals, 98 points, and 340 PIM.
By joining EHC Kloten, Beaulieu becomes the teammate of David Reinbacher, a defenceman picked 5th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the last draft.
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Former first round draft pick gives up on his NHL dream, announces just next move

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