Beaulieu and the Jets

Today was the NHL 2011 Entry Draft, but to be honest I only wanted to see two things. First was what would the new Winnipeg franchise be called and second was who the Habs would pick.

The Montreal Canadiens selected defenseman  Nathan Beaulieu from the St. John Sea Dogs 17th overall in the first round of the 2011 entry draft.

Beaulieu, 6’20” tall and 174 lbs was named part of the Memorial Cup All-Star team after helpng his team to a QJHML title and eventually winning the Memorial Cup.

Hailing from Strathroy Ontario, Beaulieu played three seasons with the Sea Dogs, he accumulated 100 points including 26 goals in 180 games and has a +/- rating of (+)83. In 44 playoff games he scored 8 goals and 25 assists.

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2008-09 Sea Dogs QMJHL 49 2 8 10 14 -4 4 0 0 0 2
2009-10 Sea Dogs QMJHL 66 12 33 45 40 43 21 4 12 16 22
2010-11 Sea Dogs QMJHL 65 12 33 45 52 44 19 4 13 17 26

In other news many people were aticipating Winnipegs turn to draft hoping that they would finally cinfirm what the team’s name would be. The Winnipeg franchise did not dissapoint anyone when they confirmed the team would go by the beloved moniker of Jets.

I believe it’s a smart move, you dont dissapoint any fans with this choice. Should they have  chosen a different name? Business wise it couldve been a good choice considering everyone in Winnipeg already owns Jets merchendise. They couldve chosen a diferent name to sell more merch. But let’s face it, it’s a Canadian team, they wouldve sold the merchandise now matter what.

In any case, it will be great to watch a new Canadian team next year. By the way, if you didnt already know, Winnipeg’s home opener will be on Sunday October 9th against our Montreal Canadiens.

I can’t wait.

Go Habs Go! and Go Jets Go!


2 comments on “Beaulieu and the Jets

  1. Can’t wait to see the Jets and Candiens in our 2nd game of the season come October. Some are saying that the Jets will be sporting a new jersey. Could be interesting.

    Excited about the acquisition of Beaulieu as well. Should be a great fit for the franchise, and a key player in the coming years!


    • I have also heard that the Jets logo has been modernized/revamped and can’t wait to see how it looks. I have a feeling they will occasionally use the old jersey as a throwback or third jersey.

      IMO Beaulieu will be ready to make the jump to the NHL sooner than everyone expects.


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