The Canadiens were overloaded with defensemen recently, but with Mike Weaver suffering a concussion and Bryan Allen out with the flu, the youth movement has returned, though probably temporarily. Nathan Beaulieu has been recalled from the American Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs, where he has two goals, two assists, and 20 shots with a -2 rating in eight games.
Before being sent down to the AHL, Beaulieu had been the Canadiens' top possession player for a month, 58.2% Fenwick at even strength, nearly 12 percentage points higher than the team average. It was also his pass that sprung Jiri Sekac for his goal that broke the longest powerplay drought of the season.
On the season, Beaulieu has posted the Canadiens' best possession numbers while playing relatively soft minutes, and when you parse it down to shots, Beaulieu's differential is even more impressive, with the Canadiens controlling 57.2% of all shots at even strength while he's on the ice.
This call up is very good news for the Habs.