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Fantasy Summary

Elite vision and exceptional passing ability separate him from most others. His commitment to improving his overall game shows his desire to become a top-four defenseman in the NHL.


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July 2024 – While I believed Nicolas Beaudin was NHL bound, he has opted to continue his career in Europe where he can be guaranteed consistent top-four minutes. Aaron Itovitch

August 2023 – I’ve been lucky enough to watch Beaudin live several times since taking over the Canadiens page here at Dobber. In every sample, he has been the best defenseman for Laval, and plays big minutes for the team. His role will likely stay the same this coming season, and he’ll see a lot of his playtime shift to the right. If he can adapt quickly, he could become a good NHL sixth defenseman for the Canadiens, but if he can only work on the left side of the ice, the internal competition is much tougher. Aaron Itovitch

December 2022 – Once regarded as an A-level prospect, Beaudin was traded to the Canadiens in a minor trade for fellow underperforming prospect Cam Hillis. Beaudin is an intelligent undersized defender with subpar skating but great passing and playmaking skill and the necessary deception to serve as an effective puck-carrier despite his skating deficiencies. While the Rocket have been very disappointing to start the season, Beaudin has finally come into his own, putting up 11 points through 13 appearances. The upside many thought were there with him will likely never be hit, but his chances of seeing extended NHL minutes look a whole lot better now than they have in a few years. Sebastian High

October 2020 – Beaudin is waiting for camp to open in what will be a big year for him development wise. Having seen NHL action in the last season, anything less will seem like a disappointment but may be best for his overall development. Either way, full time NHL employment may be just around the corner for the 2018 first round pick. Tony Carr


March 2020 – Beaudin made his NHL debut and looked good in limited minutes. There is going to be a massive change coming to the Blackhawks squad in the next couple of years, especially on defence. Beaudin has put himself right in the middle of it. Depending on how things shake out during the extended off-season, expect Beaudin to start next season in the AHL but should be on the short list of call ups when injuries hit. Tony Carr


February 2019 – Beaudin has continued to produce points at an elite level since being left off of Team Canada’s roster from the 2019 WJH. With his Drummondville Voltigeurs currently sitting second overall in the QMJHL, Beaudin is hoping for a long playoff run and a possible shot at playing for the Memorial Cup held in Halifax. Tony Carr


December 2018 – Beaudin is one of the 12 defensemen named to Team Canada’s preliminary roster for the upcoming world junior hockey championships. The first-round-pick from the 2018 draft is having another outstanding season in the QMJHL, on pace to set career highs in all offensive categories, all while improving his work in the defensive end dramatically. Tony Carr

Fantasy Upside 3.0
NHL Certainty 1.5
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Europe
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth October 7, 1999
Height 5‘11”
Weight 175 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 1; Overall: 27


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Suroit Express PeeweeQC Int PW4 0 11 0|        
 2011-2012 Suroit GrenadiersQC Int PW4 1 01 0|        
 2013-2014 Lac St-Louis Grenadiers M15 AAAEQM15AAA E26 4 1519 44|Playoffs4 1 45
  Lac St-Louis Grenadiers M17 AAAQM17AAA5 0 00 2|Playoffs1 1 01
 2014-2015 Châteauguay GrenadiersQM18AAA41 3 2124 22|Playoffs16 1 1213 10 
  Team Québec Blue QGC-165 0 44 2|        
  Châteauguay GrenadiersTelus Cup7 0 00 6|        
 2015-2016 Châteauguay GrenadiersQM18AAA21 5 1823 44|        
  Drummondville VoltigeursQMJHL26 0 11 4|Playoffs3 1 01
 2016-2017 Drummondville VoltigeursQMJHL64 5 3641 26|Playoffs4 0 00
 2017-2018 Drummondville VoltigeursQMJHL68 12 5769 47|Playoffs10 3 811
 2018-2019 Drummondville VoltigeursQMJHL53 7 4956 48|Playoffs16 2 68 20 
  QMJHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 11 2|        
 2019-2020 Chicago BlackhawksNHL1 0 00 0|        
  Rockford IceHogsAHL59 3 1215 33|        
 2020-2021 Chicago BlackhawksNHL19 2 46 2|        
  Rockford IceHogsAHL9 2 810 4|        
  CanadaWC10 0 11 0|        
 2021-2022 Chicago BlackhawksNHL2 0 00 0|        
  Rockford IceHogsAHL66 2 1416 68|Playoffs1 0 00
 2022-2023 Rockford IceHogsAHL3 0 11 2|        
  Laval RocketAHL39 2 2325 41|        
  Team Canada Spengler Cup3 0 11 2|        
 2023-2024 Laval RocketAHL16 0 66 6|        
  HC Sparta PrahaCzechia9 0 33 4|Playoffs3 0 00
  Team Canada Spengler Cup4 0 00 2|        
 2024-2025 HC Kometa BrnoCzechia- - -- -|