Canadiens Ink Drayson Bowman

Photo: Jean-Yves Ahern, USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Jean-Yves Ahern, USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Drayson Bowman to a one-year, two-way deal following his strong showing at training camp on a PTO. According to Renaud Lavoie, the deal is worth $575, 000. Wearing #96, Bowman has played quite well throughout the preseason where he has been able to get his name on the scoresheet. One of his best moments was setting up Nathan Beaulieu’s goal against the Blackhawks in Chicago on Wednesday night.

Bowman, 25, was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the third round, 72nd overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Throughout his career with the Hurricanes, Bowman found himself unable to really breaking through as his highest point tally in the NHL came in the 2011-12 season with just 13 points in 38 games. The Grand Rapids, Michigan native bounced around from the big league back down to the AHL quite often. Following the 2013-14 campaign, Carolina decided not to keep Bowman within the organization, leaving him to become a free agent.

This is where the Habs stepped in. Marc Bergevin signed Drayson to a profession try-out contract, giving him the opportunity to put his abilities on display. Bowman was able to impress management as well as fans and media and earn himself a deal, at least for the upcoming year. It is likely that Drayson will spend some time with the Bulldogs, however, if the Canadiens wanted him to perhaps replace a Travis Moen up with the CH, it is certainly an option. Bowman could provide in multiple areas that Moen does, except at a cheaper price.

Time will tell.

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