Habs Ink Dumont and Ellis to New Deals

Gabriel Dumont, captain of the Bulldogs (Photo: RDS)

Gabriel Dumont, captain of the Bulldogs
(Photo: RDS)

The Montreal Canadiens announced today that they have signed both forward Gabriel Dumont and rearguard Morgan Ellis to one-year, two-way deals that are worth $575,000 each.

Dumont, 24 (25 in October), was drafted by the Canadiens in the 5th round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He’s a gritty and energetic forward that can play centre or wing. In 319 AHL regular season games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, Dumont recorded 73 goals, 81 assists and 416PIM. Additionally, he has played in 31 AHL playoff games, putting up 11 points and 18PIM. Dumont was assistant captain in the 2013-14 season and then selected as captain last season in Hamilton’s final year in the AHL. He could potentially be the captain for the IceCaps this upcoming campaign. Dumont has also appeared in 18 NHL regular season games for the Habs, registering 3 points and 13PIM.

Ellis, 23, was selected by the Canadiens in the 4th round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He is a reliable blue liner defensively that can also chip in offensively at times. Ellis won the Memorial Cup in 2012 with the Shawinigan Cataractes with fellow Habs prospect, Michael Bournival. Since then, the Summerside, PEI native has played in 156 AHL regular season games, tallying 10 goals, 17 assists and 106PIM. This past season, Ellis was reassigned to the ECHL to play for the Wheeling Nailers, Montreal’s affiliate at that time. Whether deserved or not (definitely the latter), Morgan sucked it up and dominated down there. Through 39 games, he scored 13 goals and had 13 assists. He was called back up to the Bulldogs and finished out the year.

Both players are key for the St. John’s IceCaps in 2015-16. Not only do they need bodies to fill the roster, but they are also capable of producing and assisting the rookies in their transition to the pro game. Hopefully the IceCaps will have more of a successful season than they had in the last 4 years as the Hamilton Bulldogs.

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