I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that Gabriel Dumont is going to be a pretty useful piece of the Canadiens puzzle down the road.

37 - Gabriel Dumont

37 – Gabriel Dumont

By the time Trevor Timmins gets down to the fifth round of the draft as he was in 2009, while still looking for speed, he also has to look for the intangibles such as grit and determination.  Dumont was still available at 139th in the 2009 draft because of his size.  What Timmins and his scouts saw in Drummondville was a unintimidated,hard working centre playing on the team’s number one line with first round draft pick Sean Couturier.   Timmins’ faith was rewarded when Dumont scored 51 goals his final year in the “Q”.    He’s improved his two years in Hamilton, from 5 goals to a team-leading 16 last season despite missing 10 games on a Canadiens recall.

Still some things to learn which probably means he’ll start the year in Hamilton, but first sign of injury he’ll be on top of Marc Bergevin’s recall list.

The only restricted free agent remaining to be signed by the Canadiens is right winger Ryan White.   Still unsigned anywhere among the unrestricted are centres Jeff Halpern and Petteri Nokelainen and winger Colby Armstrong.

From Canadiens Communications

MONTREAL – The Canadiens have agreed to terms on a 2-year, 2-way contract with forward Gabriel Dumont.    The Canadiens’ fifth-round pick, selected 139th overall at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Gabriel Dumont laced up for 10 games with the Habs in 2012-13, logging one goal and two assists while posting a plus-1 differential. The 22-year-old center spent the majority of his last campaign with the Hamilton Bulldogs, recording 16 goals and 31 points to lead the Canadiens’ farm-team in scoring.