Bitten, Pezzetta sign Entry Level Contracts



The Montreal Canadiens announced on Wednesday afternoon that prospects Will Bitten and Michael Pezzetta have signed entry level contracts with the hockey club.

Will Bitten (Ottawa, Ont.) is on pace for his most productive season yet. With 19 goals and 42 assists for 61 points he is on pace for 67 points. This would be up from his previous high of 65 points in the 2015-16 season.

Bitten’s junior hockey career began in 2014 when he was selected 7th overall by the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) priority selection. He spent one season in Plymouth before moving with the relocated team to Flint where he spent one year with the Firebirds. Prior to the 2016-17 season, Bitten became one of several Firebirds’ to request a trade away from the team that had several high profile issues the season before.

The Hamilton Bulldogs acquired Bitten right before the season in exchange for two players and second round picks in 2019 and 2020.

In 2015-16, Bitten represented Team Canada at the U18’s and tallied eight points in seven games.

To date, Bitten has 87 goals and 127 assists for 214 in 253 games played, along with a career -31 plus/minus rating and 118 penalty minutes. The Bulldogs have clinched a playoff spot as they sit first in the Eastern Conference and second in the OHL.

Michael Pezzetta (Toronto, Ont.) was selected 160th overall in the sixth round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. At the time of signing his entry level contract, Pezzetta has 50 points in 58 OHL games this season and 19 points in 23 games since being traded to the Sarnia Sting.

Pezzetta was drafted 11th overall by the Sudbury Wolves in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection. In 2015-16, Pezzetta was named an alternate captain with only one full season under his belt. After two years with the “A” on his sweater, Pezzetta was named team captain at the start of the 2017-18 season before being traded in January for a player, second round picks in 2019 and 2023, and a conditional fourth round pick in 2019.

The Sarnia Sting sit third in a competitive western conference with a 43-16-5 record. They are locked into a playoff spot and likely to face one of Guelph, Saginaw or Windsor in the first round.

In his four year career, the leader has 47 goals and 62 assists for 109 points, a career -107 spent mostly on a weak Sudbury squad and 319 penalty minutes in 237 games played.


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