Saturday update: Habs take Sea Dogs D Beaulieu with 17th pick in draft

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Nathan Beaulieu poses for a portrait following his selection by the Canadiens as No. 17 overall at the NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN, Friday night.
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Post freshened Saturday 6 am ET

The Canadiens have chosen defenceman Nathan Beaulieu of the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs as their first-round pick in the entry draft, No. 17 overall.

A video of Beaulieu on NHL.com is here. Full first-round pick-by-pick selections are here, with hotlinks to bios of each player.

Nathan Beaulieu audio after selection by Canadiens

• Video of Beaulieu in post-draft interview:

Rounds 2 through 7 of the draft run Saturday beginning at 11 am, telecast on NHL Network. Pending trades, the Canadiens will choose in spots 78 (Round 3), 113 (Round 4, from Anaheim), 138 (Round 5), 168 (Round 6) and 198 (Round 7). It’s here that the scouting department’s work will become most clear, as it tries to unearth one or two diamonds in the rough.

Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier was said to be in Friday-night talks with both the Minnesota Wild and Detroit Red Wings about the negotiation rights of defenceman James Wisniewski, an unrestricted free agent as of July 1. Word was that Gauthier might deal those rights in exchange for a second-round pick; Detroit has a second-round selection, Minnesota does not.

• Dany Dubé of CKAC reported Friday that Kirk Muller could well be leaving the Canadiens to become head coach of Vancouver’s Chicago Wolves farm team. From Pat Hickey in St. Paul: Vancouver GM Mike Gillis says Muller is the obvious choice but Gillis tells Vancouver media he’s not yet talked to the Habs assistant coach. Keeping an eye on this in the hours/days ahead.

• Bio below courtesy futureconsiderations.ca, our generous thanks to Aaron Vickers, Managing Editor

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