As soon as Charles Hudon’s team, the Chicoutime Sagueneens, was eliminated from the QMJHL playoffs, the Canadiens brought him in to Hamilton under an amateur tryout contract. He joined two other 2012 Canadiens draft picks, Sebastian Collberg and Brady Vail on the Bulldogs roster for the team’s final few games of the season. Hudon played in nine and registered a goal and two assists. What caught everyone’s eye was his improved speed, playmaking and his attention to the defensive side of the game. What stands out is the plus-69 in his 178 QMJHL games.
Hudon will attend Canadiens training camp in September but is likely to be returned to Chicoutimi for his final junior season.
From Canadiens Communications.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Sunday the signing of forward Charles Hudon to a three-year contract (2013-14 to 2015-16). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
In 56 games with the QMJHL’s Chicoutimi Saguenéens in 2012-13, Hudon collected 71 points (30 goals, 41 assists). He led his team in goals and points, while ranking second on the Saguenéens in helpers. He served 166 penalty minutes and maintained a +15 plus/minus differential. He added three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in nine games with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.
Hudon, 18, has recorded 197 points (78 goals, 119 assists) in 178 games since his junior debut with Chicoutimi in 2010-11. The 5’10’’ and 177 lbs forward has served 158 penalty minutes and displays a +69 plus/minus differential.
A native of Alma, Quebec, Hudon was selected in the fifth round, 122nd overall by the Canadiens at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He took part in the second part of the Canadiens’ development camp in June 2012.