The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Nicolas Beaudin (NIH-koh-luhs boh-DAYN) on a three-year entry-level contract that runs through the 2020-21 season ($1,166,700 AAV). He will remain with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Beaudin was selected by the Blackhawks in the first round (27th overall) of the 2018 National Hockey League Draft. The 19-year-old has nine points (1G, 8A) in nine games with Drummondville this season. Last year with the Voltigeurs, he notched 69 points (12G, 57A) in 68 regular-season games and was named to the QMJHL Second All-Star team. His 69 points paced the team and shared second among league defensemen while his 57 assists shared third among QMJHL skaters. The 5-foot-11, 172-pound defenseman posted a career-high five-point game (1G, 4A) on Nov. 11, 2017.
The native of Chateauguay, Quebec, has tallied 120 points (18G, 102A) in 167 career QMJHL games, all for Drummondville (2015-18). He led Voltigeurs defensemen in points for the past two seasons. Beaudin also added four goals and eight assists in 17 QMJHL postseason games.