It will a long time down the road before we find out whether the signing of Quebec League scoring champion Ben Duffy produces an NHL prospect, but the Canadiens are giving the undrafted centre a chance.
After seeing Duffy in the Canadiens development camp last week, Marc Bergevin has signed Duffy to a two-way AHL/ECHL contract, the same kind of contract that started David Desharnais’ path to the NHL. Duffy will try out with the Bulldogs on September. If it’s felt he’s not AHL-ready, he can be assigned to the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL for further development.
Duffy is one of three undrafted junior QMJHL graduates signed to contracts following the Canadiens development camp. Forward Stephane Fournier, a Dorval native, signed a three-year two-way entry level contract with the team after his Memorial Cup season with the Halifax Mooseheads.
They also signed Halifax forward Stephen MacAulay to a one-year AHL/ECHL contract similar to Ben Duffy’s
From Hamilton Bulldogs Publicity
MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the signing of free agent forward Ben Duffy to a one-year, two-way American Hockey League / ECHL contract for the 2013-2014 season. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
In 2012-2013, Duffy won the Jean Beliveau Trophy as the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s scoring champion with 110 points. The 21-year-old also led the QMJHL in assists with 71 and finished 11th in the league in goals with 39. The Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia native also registered 215 shots, posted a +17 rating and recorded four penalty minutes in 68 regular season games for the Prince Edward Island Rockets. In six post-season games, the 5’10”, 175-pound forward produced four points (two goals, two assists).
In five seasons with the PEI Rocket, Duffy compiled 341 points (139 goals, 202 assists) and 18 penalty minutes in 334 regular season games and eight points (five goals, three assists) in 19 post-season games.