The Blackhawks inked in a new defenseman, Nicolas Beaudin, on Wednesday for a 3 year $1,166,700 AAV contract. The contract runs to the 20-21 season. Beaudin will remain with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, playing for the Drummondville Voltigeurs.
Beaudin is 19 years old, 5’11” and 172 pounds D-Man who is racking up points. During his time in the QMJHL, he has collected 120 points in 167 career games. He’s got 18 goals, with a shocking 102 assists.
He was third in assists last year for the QMJHL and second in points for a defenseman. As well, he snatched up 69 points- 12 goals, 57 assists- in 68 games last season. Furthermore, Beaudin has 9 points in 9 games this season.
Beaudin expressed his joy when the team signed him, tweeting, “Excited to sign my first NHL contract with @NHLBlackhawks.”
Beaudin has shown his skill in the QMJHL, but the NHL is an entirely different platform with higher energy and more work. He’ll most likely play the rest of this season in the QMJHl, next season with the Rockford IceHogs, and from there could be called up to play in his first NHL game.
He’s a talented young kid with a lot to learn, but could provide a spark in the future for the Blackhawks, who have a repeated pattern of lacking on defense over the last handful of seasons, especially this one. Since rookie Henri Jokiharj was a shock on the ice this season, let’s hope Beaudin provides the same energy for the team.
However, the Blackhawks don’t have to look that hard for a new defenseman to help them out of this tough hole they dug themselves, going 0-5 in the last 5 games. The Rockford IceHogs have been having themselves a season. A not terrible, but okay one for that fact. They’re 8-7. One key to their offense is Dylan Sikura. He’s got 12 points (5G, 7A). Sikura isn’t afraid to shoot, which seems to be an issue for the Blackhawks. They sure do love their passing. Sikura is a team player, but if he’s got the puck and a shot, he’s taking it.
Sikura has gained more confidence playing in the AHL since last year with the Blackhawks. Now might be the perfect time to bring him back up along with D-men Darren Raddysh and Gustav Forsling. Raddysh (4G, 8A) and Forsling (2A) have been playing great hockey in Rockford that would help the Hawks strengthen their special teams and -simply- lack of defense. Forsling would be a good fit for the team right now.
Since Saad is ruled out for tonight against Carolina and Kruger was out last week, the Hawks don’t need to add injuries to the reason why their season is going downhill.
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