The Canadiens have four of their seven 2012 draft picks signed to entry level contracts. Kamloops Blazers left wing Tim Bozon joins first rounder Alex Galchenyuk, second round choice Sebastian Collberg and Chicoutimi forward Charles Hudon who was taken in the draft’s 5th round. Still unsigned are defenceman Dalton Thrower who was recently trade to the Vancouver Giants of the WHL plus Windsor forward Brady Vail and Swedish forward Erik Nystrom.
The most pressing bit of business for the Canadiens is a decision on 6’3″ 210lb. Czech left wing Daniel Prybl. The Canadiens must have him under contract by June first or lose the negotiating rights. Prybl was taken in the 6th round of the 2011 draft. He played with Sparta Prague last season. This season as a 20 year old he scored 12 goals along with 10 assists with a plus 14 rating in 42 games. He is a righthand shot. Reports are, he needs to work on his skating.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday the signing of forward Tim Bozon to a three-year contract (2013-14 to 2015-16). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
In 69 games with the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers in 2012-13, Bozon collected 91 points (36 goals, 55 assists). He scored 14 of his goals on the powerplay and added two shorthanded tallies. He ranked second on his team in goals (tied with J.C. Lipon) and points, while finishing third in assists. Bozon served 58 penalty minutes and led his team with a +37 plus/minus differential. He added six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in eight playoff contests. He completed his season by suiting up for Team France at the IIHF World Championship presented simultaneously in Stockholm and Helsinki, notching one helper in five games.
Bozon, 19, has recorded 162 points (72 goals, 90 assists) in 140 games in two seasons with Kamloops. The 6’01’’ and 185 lbs forward has served 98 penalty minutes and displays a +64 plus/minus differential.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Bozon was selected in the third round, 64th overall by the Canadiens at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He took part in the second part of the Canadiens’ development camp in June 2012.