The Canadiens acquire defender Nicolas Beaudin

Canadians acquire defenseman Nicolas Beaudin

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The Montreal Canadiens got their hands on Quebec defender Nicolas Beaudin, of the Chicago Blackhawks, yielding in return for forward Cam Hillis.

The CH confirmed everything in a statement released Wednesday morning.

Former first-round pick in 2018, 27th overall, Beaudin is a 23-year-old left-handed back. The Châteauguay native played 22 games in the National Hockey League, scoring two goals and six points in passing.

He started the 2022-2023 season with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. With the Hawks school club, Beaudin collected 42 points in 137 games.

The former Drummondville Voltigeurs was best known for his offensive skills in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He had also obtained more than one point per game in his last two campaigns at the junior level.

As for him, Hilis has spent the last two campaigns shuttling between the Laval Rocket and the Trois-Rivières Lions. He had a meeting on the Bettman circuit last season. The Ontario forward was selected in the 66th echelon in 2018 by the Habs.