Nattinen get first shot at NHL

The National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens have recalled defenceman Nathan Beaulieu and forward Joonas Nattinen from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Beaulieu has split this season between Montreal and Hamilton. In 32 games with the Bulldogs, the 6’2”, 194-pound defenceman has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) and 21 penalty minutes. In five games with Montreal, the Strathroy, Ont., native has recorded one assist and no penalty minutes.

He also split the 2012-13 season between the Canadiens and Bulldogs. In 67 regular season games with Hamilton, the 21-year-old recorded 31 points (seven goals, 24 assists) and 63 penalty minutes. In six regular season games with Montreal, he had two assists and no penalty minutes.

He was selected by the Canadiens in the first round (17th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Joonas Nättinen (Photo: Hamilton Bulldogs)

Joonas Nättinen (Photo: Hamilton Bulldogs)

Nattinen has spent all of this season with Hamilton. In 37 games, the 6’2”, 187-pound forward has 11 points (five and six) and 12 penalty minutes. In 24 regular season games with Hamilton last season, the Jamsa, Finland native recorded nine points (five goals, four assists) and eight penalty minutes. The 23-year-old was selected by the Canadiens in the third round (65th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Saturday (Jan. 18), when they will host the Utica Comets (AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks) at 7 p.m. at Copps Coliseum.

The team has also changed the start time for its home game on Sunday, Jan. 26. It will move a 3 p.m. puck drop to 4 p.m., when the ‘Dogs will host the Chicago Wolves (AHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues).