The Montreal Canadiens announced Sunday that they have signed prospect Darren Dietz to a 3-year entry-level contract. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Here is the Canadiens official press release of the signing:
In 72 games with the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades this season, Dietz has collected 58 points (24 goals, 34 assists). He ranks first among the league defensemen in goals, and third among WHL rearguards in points. He shows 100 penalty minutes and a +9 plus/minus differential.
Dietz, 19, has recorded 131 points (48 goals, 83 assists) in 220 games since his junior debut with Saskatoon in 2009-10. The 6’01’’ and 195 lbs defenseman has served 288 penalty minutes and displays a +29 plus/minus differential.
A native of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Dietz was selected in the fifth round, 138th overall by the Canadiens at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He took part in his first training camp with the Canadiens in September 2011.
Per Dan Kramer, Dietz and the Blades are heading to the WHL playoffs and they are the hosts of the Memorial Cup this year. He will join the Hamilton Bulldogs next season.