Canadiens Sign Ryan Poehling and Cayden Primeau

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Following their 3-1 victory against the Winnipeg Jets, Habs fans were privy to some exciting news regarding the future of the organization.

The Canadiens have announced two signings: Ryan Poehling and Cayden Primeau

Ryan Poehling was the first announcement to come on Sunday morning as he signed a three-year, entry-level deal (2018-19 to 2020-21). The 25th overall draft pick in 2017 spent three years in St. Cloud. His season in St.Cloud came to a halt as they were eliminated in the first round by American International College. Over his three years in St.Cloud, Poehling’s production improved year after year.

2016-2017: 7 goals, 6 assists, 13 points in 35 games.

(In this season^ Poehling was the youngest player in all of College Hockey)

2017-2018: 14 goals, 17 assists, 31 points in 36 games.

2018-2019: 8 goals, 23 assists , 31 points in 36 games. 

While he had more goal totals, in his second year, there was a complete shift in his game. He was able to reveal more of his playmaking and passing abilities. Fans and analysts alike were able to get a better look at his play in the World Junior Championship. He managed 5 goals, 3 assists for 8 points in 7 games and was also named the most valuable player. He led Team USA to the goal medal game where they would end up losing 3-2 to Finland. Poehling is an intriguing prospect that fans seem to be split on. Some see him as a dominant third line center whereas others see him as a low end second line center. The talk surrounding him has changed as he’s made some tremendous strides that not everyone expected. As of right now, since he is considered “on Montreal’s Roster”, he is able to burn a year on his entry-level deal. Per Arpon Basu of The Athletic, Poehling will not be eligible for the expansion draft. He will only be waiver eligible if he plays 11 games which includes playoffs. In a press conference Monday, Marc Bergevin didn’t rule out the possibility of Poehling playing in one of those games.

Montreal has the toughest remaining schedule out of the remaining teams fighting for a wildcard spot. Unless they win out and Columbus is able to drop a couple of games, it is looking as if Montreal will not make the playoffs, but, it isn’t over till it’s over.

Following that signing, Montreal announced the signing of goaltender Cayden Primeau to a a three-year entry-level deal (2018-19 to 2020-21). The 7th round pick is set to join the Laval Rocket for the remainder of their season.

2017-2018: 1.92GAA .931sv%

2018-2019: 2.09GAA .933sv%

Through his years, he has enhanced his game with Northeastern as his numbers consistently got better. Through 35 games this season, he had a record of 25-9-1, a 2.00 goals against average and a .936% save percentage. Through his years with Northeastern, Primeau was a Hobey Baker candidate, Richter Finalist, HEA tournament MVP, Beanpot MVP, HEA All-tournament team, two time HEA First Team All-Star, two time Eberly Award, two time HEA Goalie of the year and finally, three times HEA Goalie of the month.

Following his signing in Montreal, his head coach Jim Madigan had this to say

“Cayden Primeau is the best goaltender in Northeastern history. From the minute he stepped on campus a season ago, he conducted himself as a true professional, on and off the ice, and was the ultimate teammate. He helped take our program to unprecedented heights and his shoes will be difficult to fill, but we are excited for him to take the next step in his hockey career and we wish him and his family nothing but the best.”

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