Blackhawks prospect Nicolas Beaudin out indefinitely with wrist fracture

The 2018 first-round draft pick reportedly started rehab Thursday and will meet a specialist in two weeks.

Blackhawks prospect Nicolas Beaudin will be out indefinitely with a wrist fracture, his QMJHL team Drummondville announced Thursday.

Drummondville said Beaudin suffered the injury during the Voltigeurs’ 4-0 win over Gatineau on Oct. 19. The team did not detail which wrist is injured for the left-handed defenseman.

Scott Powers of The Athletic reports Beaudin’s fracture was on the lunate bone with a minute crack. Beaudin started rehab Thursday and will meet a specialist in two weeks. He is able to skate, but won’t be able to work on his hands.

Beaudin has one goal and eight assists in nine QMJHL games this season. He racked up 69 points (12 goals, 57 assists) in 68 contests prior to being drafted 27th overall by Chicago in the NHL draft this past June. Beaudin was the second defenseman taken in the first round by the Blackhawks after Adam Boqvist was selected eighth overall.

Beaudin is the second prospect to miss a considerable amount playing time this season. Russian goaltender Ivan Nalimov broke one of his hands earlier this month while playing for Kunlun Red Star in the KHL. The 24-year-old netminder has a .917 save percentage through four starts this season.