Three-year, entry-level contract for defenseman Josh Brook

Three-year, entry-level contract for defenseman Josh Brook
Habs, D Brook agree to entry-level deal
Share Share Montreal Canadiens sign Joel Teasdale to entry-level contract tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images The Montreal Canadiens have locked up undrafted free-agent Joel Teasdale, signing him to a three-year entry-level contract.

Teasdale went through the 2018 NHL Draft, and would still be eligible for the 2019 Draft if he didnt sign an NHL contract prior to the NHL season starting. Considering that he was drawing interest with Team Canadas World Junior team, you would have expected teams to have interest in the Draft.

The Repentigny native played 178 career games with the Armada since making his Junior debut in 2015-16. Teasdale registered 139 points (61 goals, 78 assists) and 49 penalty minutes, while displaying a plus-36 differential. He added 39 points (16-23-39) in 51 career playoff contests.

This way, the Canadiens have to sign him to an NHL contract, but they do so without having to use a draft pick.

The five-foot-11, 203-pound forward helped Blainville-Boisbriand reach the QMJHL Finals, registering 21 points (8 goals, 13 assists) in 21 playoff contests. Teasdale was the Frank-J.-Selke Trophy recipient, awarded annually to the QMJHLs Sportsman of the Year.

Teasdale played under Joël Bouchard with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, and joined the team as an invite to development camp and then rookie camp before earning a spot at the main NHL camp.

The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to a three-year entry-level deal with defenceman Josh Brook, the club announced Friday.

The blueliner recorded three goals and 29 assists for 32 points in 45 games last season for the WHLs Moose Jaw Warriors. He added six points in 14 playoff games. 

On the surface, there’s not too much surprise from this decision. Teasdale is very familiar with new Laval Rocket head coach Joël Bouchard as he was part of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada for the last two seasons in the QMJHL. He was a leader on and off the ice and saw his offensive production jump from 18 goals and 29 assists in 60 games to 32 goals and 33 assists in 67 games.

He was selected in the second round (No. 56 overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft. He is with the Habs in training camp after participating in their development camp earlier this summer. 

Montreal will be back in action when they host the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre Saturday.