Former Canadiens Defenseman Signs Overseas

Earlier this week, Nicolas Beaudin and the Montreal Canadiens agreed to mutually terminate his contract. Now, the 24-year-old defenseman has found a new home, as he has signed a contract with HC Sparta Praha in Czechia. 

This move, at least temporarily, will put an end to Beaudin's professional career in North America. The 2018 first-round pick last appeared at the NHL level as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2021-22, where he had zero points in two games. In 22 career NHL games, all with the Blackhawks, he has two goals and four assists.

Beaudin was traded to the Montreal Canadiens organization last season and spent the entirety of his time with the organization with their AHL affiliate, the Laval Rocket. In 39 games following the move last season, he was quite impactful, posting two goals and 25 points. However, his offensive contributions were significantly lower this season for Laval, as he had just six assists in 16 games.

This move to Czechia should allow Beaudin to have a bigger role. If he performs well with HC Sparta Praha this season, perhaps there is a chance that he will garner attention from North American teams once his contract expires.

HC Sparta Praha has been quite busy as of late, as they also signed former NHL tough guy Zack Kassian to a deal earlier this week. Now, Beaudin is joining the club and will look to make a big impact from here.

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