With their 17th pick of the first round in this year’s entry draft, the Canadiens chose 6’2″ defenceman Nathan Beaulieu of the Saint John Sea Dogs, and junior hockey analyst Sam Cosentino gushed mightily about the young fellow on Sportsnet last night.
Sam’s my new favourite analyst because of this.
Cosentino rambled on about Beaulieu being the best value of the first round, certainly the best defenseman, and said he was surprised to see the kid go at 17th as he expected him to taken around 5th.
Although the art of predicting the future of young prospects is not an exact science by any stretch of the imagination (Benoit Pouliot was picked 4th overall in 2005, for goodness sakes), hearing nice things about a young, brand new Habs prospect gives me high hopes and warms the cockles of my heart.
Here’s the lowdown on our new guy – Nathan Beaulieu. (Born in 1992. Imagine. I’ve got food in the fridge older than that).