Montreal Canadiens sign defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to three-year contract

MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens signed defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to a three-year contract on Wednesday.

He had 52 points (11 goals, 41 assists) in 53 games with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Saint John Sea Dogs this past season.

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The six-foot-two, 190-pound native of Strathroy, Ont., was selected by Montreal with the 17th overall pick of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.