The Canadiens liked enough of what they saw at last month’s development camp to give Swedish forward Erik Nystrom a 25-game Hamilton Bulldogs tryout contract.   The 5’11” Nystrom was the Canadiens sixth round draft pick in 2012.  For those unfamiliar with the process, a professional tryout contract or PTO exists only in the American Hockey League.   A player can only be signed to a PTO twice per season. After the second time, the player is either signed to a Standard Player Contract, is a free agent.  In other words, at the end of 25 games the Canadiens can either sign the 19 year old Nystrom to a contract or return him to his Swedish team for further development.

Stefan Chaput, a centre, was recalled from the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL in late November and stayed with the Bulldogs the remainder of the season scoring 5 goals and 17 points in 48 AHL games.  He has a two-way AHL/ECHL contract.  Chaput was originally drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes 153rd overall in 2006.  Subsequently he played in the Anaheim and Boston organizations.  The Canadiens originally signed him to a one-year AHL/ECHL contract last September.

Heading into next month’s training camp the Bulldogs have 25 players under various forms of contract including 16 forwards, six defensemen and four goaltenders.  Twenty-one are signed to two-way NHL/AHL contracts, three under AHL/ECHL deals and Nystrom with his 25 game professional tryout.

News Release From Canadiens Communications

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the signings of forwards Stefan Chaput and Erik Nystrom.

Erik Nystrom Signs 25-Game Tryout Hamilton Bulldogs Contract

Erik Nystrom Signs 25-Game Tryout Hamilton Bulldogs Contract

Nystrom, 19, signed a 25-game professional try out contract. The 5’11”, 176-pound forward spent the 2012-2013 season in Sweden, playing for MODO of J20 SuperElit (junior) and Karlskrona HK of HockeyAllsvenskan (professional). In 22 games with MODO, the Stockholm, Sweden native recorded 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists) and 32 penalty minutes. In 23 games with Karlskrona, he notched 11 points (five goals, six assists) and four penalty minutes. Nystrom represented Sweden at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Under-20 Championship, registering one assist and no penalty minutes in five games. In 2011-2012, he played 19 games for MODO of the Swedish Elite League, recording two assists and no penalty minutes. He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the sixth round, 154th overall, in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Chaput, 25, signed a one-year, two-way American Hockey League / ECHL contract. The 6’0”, 192-pound forward spent the 2012-2013 season between the Hamilton Bulldogs and the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers. In 48 games with Hamilton, the Montreal, Quebec native recorded 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) and 25 penalty minutes. In 15 games with Wheeling, he notched nine points (three goals, six assists) and eight penalty minutes. In 212 career regular season AHL games with the Albany River Rats, Charlotte Checkers, Syracuse Crunch, Providence Bruins and Hamilton Bulldogs, Chaput has accumulated 88 points (29 goals, 59 assists) and 76 penalty minutes. He was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the fifth round, 153rd overall, in the 2006 National Hockey League Entry Draft.