The Canadiens announced the signing of forward Sven Andrighetto to a three year entry level contract. After being passed over twice at the NHL entry draft, the Canadiens took the 20 year old Swiss-born forward in this year’s third round (86th overall). Andrighetto will report to Hamilton training camp in September.
Andrighetto finished sixth in scoring in the QMJHL last season with 98 points in 53 games with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. He was fourth in playoff scoring with 30 points in 14 games. Andrighetto was twice passed over in the draft because of his size which is listed at 5’10”. Beside that, he is a great skater with excellent skills.
Marc Bergevin still has some work to do stocking his Hamilton farm team. Right now he has 19 signed skaters elibible to play for his Hamilton farm club, leaving at least two openings. They have one natural left winger in Christian Thomas who came over in the Danny Kristo trade with the Rangers. Andrighetto is one of five right wingers, including Patrick Holland, Steve Quailer, Michael Blunden and the recently signed Stefan Fournier from the Halifax Mooseheads. The centres are Louis Leblanc, Michael Bournival, Joonas Nattinen, Gabriel Dumont plus the recently signed QMJHL scoring champion Ben Duffy and Stephen MacAuley. To supply veteran presence the have also brought in two non-prospect centres, Nick Tarnasky and Martin St. Pierre.
The defence includes Nathan Beaulieu, Morgan Ellis, Darren Dietz, Greg Pateryn and Magnus Nygren.
The Bulldogs have four goaltenders under contract including Robert Mayer, Dustin Tokarski, Peter Delmas and the recently signed Mike Condon.
Signing decisions are still to be made on Dartmouth college graduate Dustin Walsh and Sweden’s Erik Nystrom, both forwards. In the case of Walsh, the Canadiens have until August 15th or he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Left wings Tim Bozon and Charles Hudon and right wing Mike McCarron and goaltender Zack Fucale will be re-joining their junior clubs and Sebastian Collberg will play one more year in Sweden.
From Canadiens Communications
The 20-year-old Andrighetto was passed over twice in the NHL draft before the Canadiens selected him after he finished sixth in scoring in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season with 98 points in 53 games with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. He was fourth in scoring in the postseason with 30 points in 14 games.
The 5-foot-9, 188-pound right wing also had eight points in six games for Switzerland at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship