Shortly after placing defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk on IR, the Anaheim Ducks have placed fellow blueliner Nathan Beaulieu on IR as well, according to CapFriendly and the team’s roster page. No corresponding move was announced and the team now has 22 of 23 players on its roster. Recent recalls of defensemen Drew Helleson and Austin Strand still give Anaheim a comfortable seven defensemen on their roster.
It’s unclear what’s ailing Beaulieu at this time, however the defenseman has missed Anaheim’s last three games, including tonight’s contest at the Winnipeg Jets, with an undisclosed injury. When healthy, the veteran depth defenseman has played, recording two assists in 10 games thus far for a young and struggling team.
A first-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 2011, Beaulieu has made a career as a solid, experienced defenseman capable of giving teams minutes in whatever role he’s asked to play. Anaheim signed him to a one-year, $850K deal back on October 1st to add an additional veteran presence to a fairly inexperienced defense core. In his absence, the Ducks will have to rely on younger options such as Helleson or Strand to make up the minutes, however that exposure for younger players, while keeping Beaulieu’s influence around could be a silver lining in the meantime.