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2011 NHL Draft Profile: Nathan Beaulieu

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Leading up to the 2011 draft, Flordiapanthers.com will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. At number 3, the Panthers have a lot of players to choose from. What direction and who will they pick?


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NATHAN BEAULIEU
#5 North American Skater
Saint John, QMJHL
 
Position: Defenseman Shoots: Left
Height: 6'2" Weight: 174
Born: 12/5/92 Born In: Strathroy, ON
   
THE SHINNY:
The fifth ranked North American skate according to C.S.S., Nathan Beaulieu is one of nine Saint John Sea Dogs ranked on the list. The defenseman led his fellow blue liners in scoring with 45 points (12-33-45) during the regular season while finishing with a plus-44 ranking.

Beaulieu, who's father is the assistant coach of the OHL's London Knights, works out in the summer with several pros, including Sam Gagner, John Carlson, Cody Hodgson and Drew Doughty.

NHL Central Scouting's Chris Bordeleau: “He'll be an offensive-defenseman … he's a good skater, good puck-mover. He has a good shot and is very poised with the puck. He's a veteran who has a lot of responsibilities for Saint John."

Saint John coach Gerard Gallant: “He's gotten better, bigger and stronger, he’s playing a lot better defensively but he's pressing for his points. He's a guy who gets a lot of opportunities because he jumps into the rush very well.”
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NHL Team: Washington Capitals
NHL Player: Drew Doughty
Shootout Move: "Come in fast, slow down, sweep the puck, then shoot"
Video Game: NHL '10
Book: ‘Talent Is Never Enough’ by John. C. Maxwell
Pump-Up Song: ‘Sleep Now in the Fire’ by Rage Against the Machine
Home-cooked meal: Spaghetti


STATS:
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2009-10 Saint John QMJHL 66 12 33 45 40
2010-11 Saint John QMJHL 65 12 33 45 52

NEWS:
Hamilton, Beaulieu, Murphy Lead N. American Defenseman
(4.02.11) When NHL Central Scouting unveiled its midterm report in January, there were three defensemen ranked among the top dozen North American skaters.
 
The list included No. 7 Dougie Hamilton of the Niagara IceDogs in the Ontario Hockey League, No. 9 Nathan Beaulieu of the Saint John Sea Dogs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and No. 10 Ryan Murphy of the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL.

Beaulieu Learned From Others To Create His Own Game
(12.10.10) Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Nathan Beaulieu gained a love for ice hockey at a very impressionable age.
 
In addition to tagging along with his dad, Jacques, who also was his coach in pee-wee and bantam, he would meet many professionals and watch closely how they prepared for games in Canadian juniors.

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