Habs call up Beaulieu, Nattinen from Hamilton

The Canadiens announced on Friday morning that they have called up defenceman Nathan Beaulieu (photo above) and forward Joonas Nattinen from the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

In 32 games with the Bulldogs this season, the 6-foot-2, 194-pound Beaulieu has 4-10-14 totals and 21 penalty minutes. The 21-year-old, who was the Canadiens’ first-round draft pick in 2011 (17th overall), played five games with the Habs earlier this season, recording one assist.

Nattinen, a 6-foot-3, 192-pounder, has spent all season in Hamilton, posting 5-6-11 totals and 12 penalty minutes in 37 games. The 23-year-old Finn was selected by the Canadiens in the third round (65th overall) at the 2009 NHL entry draft.

Defenceman Raphael Diaz and forward Lars Eller, both suffering from the flu, missed practice Friday afternoon in Toronto as the Canadiens prepare to face the Maple Leafs Saturday night (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690). Defenceman Douglas Murray also skipped practice, taking a therapy day.

Coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Beaulieu and Nattinen will both play Saturday night and that Carey Price will start in goal. No official decision has been made on who won’t dress to make room for Beaulieu and Nattinen.

Tweeted Bulldogs play-by-play announcer Derek Wills after the callups from Hamilton were announced:

“Nattinen is big and strong, a good skater and a smart player. … While Nattinen has been playing on the 4th line with Courtnal & Fournier, the 4th line gets a lot of ice time. … Nattinen is a regular on penalty kill, which has gone 25 for the last 26. Good player, good prospect.”

As for Beaulieu, Wills tweeted: “Fresh-off his first-ever “Gordie Howe Hat Trick” (Beaulieu) has been heating-up with 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in last 5 games.”

Nattinen told reporters in Toronto after practice that he wants to bring speed, size and a good defensive game to the Canadiens.

“Hopefully, I’ll also be able to create some offense,” he added. “The last eight games in Hamilton, we won seven. Things are going really well right now. Making the playoffs is a big goal for us, and hopefully the boys can keep it going.”

Said Beaulieu: “You try to stay current with everything going on (with the Canadiens), while hoping that something is going to happen. You never know. It was great news for me. I have to take advantage of these kinds of opportunities. This one is really important to me. Things are going really well for the Bulldogs. With team success comes success at the individual level. I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates over there for helping me play well in the past five or six games.”

Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at practice:



(Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Beaulieu, Nattinen will be in lineup for Habs Saturday, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Young blood for Habs, Canadiens.com

Canadiens recall Beaulieu and Nattinen, hamiltonbulldogs.com

Price catches Hainsworth on Habs victory list, by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

Habs need to get moving on the power play, by Pat Hickey

Drewiske has become the forgotten Hab, by The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell

Hickey on Hockey notebook, by Pat Hickey

Subban scores OT winner against Sens, by Pat Hickey

Price saves the day, by Pat Hickey

Senators criticize Subban’s OT goal celebration, TSN.ca

Good effort, bad result for Senators, Ottawa Citizen

A seven nation army, Canadiens.com

Parros to cut hair for charity, Canadiens.com

Leafs place Clarkson, McLaren on injured reserve, torontomapleleafs.com


  1. bender69 says:

    how bout that shirt grab Cherry

  2. Adidess says:

    Hey boys and girls, feeling stoked about tonight. Can’t wait!

    I missed joining into the very articulate exchange on the PK ‘incident’ this morning between Dunboyne, Storman, Mavid and many others. Great stuff!

    One thing, I’d like to add. The next time you ask a Sens fan why they boo PK so passionately, you’ll hear it is because of the kind of things he did Thursday. Of course, this never happened before with Ottawa, but that is exactly how bias works. The subject of the bias (the ‘victim’ if you want to call it that) eventually has a strong reaction to the treatment he receives and that automatically becomes the justification for the bias that never had any real basis in the first place. Oh on it goes.

    Years from now, few people will remember Ottawa fans started this for fun and the cumulation of small incidents in each game between the two teams and the collective nit-picking will transform PK into villain/enemy # 1 for Sens fans and other wanna-be boo birds around the league. It’s sports, so no big deal really. But I fear for PK that by the end of his career, he’ll have had little control over his image/reputation as a controversial type. How can he be responsible for the fact that everything involving him is magnified? Even those fans who are fair in their judgement towards him will eventually give in to the hysteria, saying well he didn’t shy away from it all. Not sure what the shying-away options, to be honest. PK is still 24, I don’t know how he manages to handle all this, smile, play hockey and be one of the best at it.

  3. rhino514 says:

    So. I know we are better off with Nathan than with Douglas on the blue line.
    But are we better off with Nathan than with Diaz or Bouillon, considering how raw he is?

    I am also curious to see how Pateryn, especially, and Tinordi take the reigns down in Hamilton as they will be given more freedom to lead.

  4. habitunts1 says:

    With Nail out for the Oilers with a head injury would it be a time to make a move for him now that his stock has dropped? Diaz and a 2nd pick in 2014 possibly? I would love to see Chucky and him on the same line together. Thoughts?


  5. Cal says:

    Before tonight’s game begins, we must remind ourselves of exactly where the Habs will be plying their trade. I give you….Toronto!

  6. jols101 says:

    Finally put the face to the voice of the clown that calls the Leafs games with his over exaggerated prolonged enunciation that irks me so much.

  7. habsfan0 says:

    Has Carey Price been confirmed as tonight’s starter?

  8. HabFab says:

    Bourque and Diaz will not play tonight.
    Beaulieu will play with Boullion.

  9. HabFab says:

    Marc Antoine Godin – Eller confirme qu’il va jouer.

    Eller should be good to go for tonight.

  10. Puck Bard says:

    Does anyone have a link for Hockey Day In Canada, CBC, broadcasting now – for the States.

    I’m south of 49 and can’t seem to access thru the CBC. Thanks.

  11. B says:

    Hab’s CHL prospects goal scoring standings:
    Vail – 22 goals 44 games
    Grégoire – 21 goals 42 games
    Bozon – 18 goals 47 games
    Crisp – 17 goals 41 games
    Reway – 16 goals *27 games*
    Hudon- 14 goals 34 games
    Nevins – 14 goals 45 games
    Thrower – 12 goals 38 games
    McCarron – 6 goals 42 games
    Fucale – 0 goals 29 games

    –Go Habs Go!–

  12. B says:

    Are the Habs ruining Beaulieu’s game like some think they did with Subban? From Hickey’s article linked above:

    “Beaulieu addressed one of the concerns about his game when he said: “I think I’m a more mature player. I was all over the place, run-and-gun, and you can’t do that.”

    –Go Habs Go!–

    • HabFab says:

      Perhaps like with PK’s they wish him to develop into a complete defenseman.

    • JUST ME says:

      Actually even in the Q he needed to work on his defense game real bad ! But offensively he can be compared to the best of them. Great speed surge, puck control and natural offesive skills.

      So he needed to concentrate on what did not come naturally to him like backward skating and defensive reflexes. Being good at offense leads you to be far away from your position sometimes…

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