Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Habs Sign Michael Bournival to 3-year Entry Level Contract

The Montreal Canadiens announced this evening that they have signed center Michael Bournival to a 3-year entry level contract. Bournival, 19, was a 3rd round draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2010. The Habs acquired his rights early last season in exchange for defenseman Ryan O'Byrne.

Bournival, 6'0" and 179 lbs, has dealt with a few injuries in his young career, but when healthy has been on near a goal-a-game pace this season, notching 15 goals and 24 points in just 16 games with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL.

Bournival is currently playing with Team Canada in preparation for the upcoming World Junior Championships, where he is skating on a line with fellow Canadiens prospect Brendan Gallagher.

Bournival should be part of a strong incoming class to the Hamilton Bulldogs next year - unless he sticks with the Canadiens, that is, which is not out of the question. Already signed are Gallagher and Jarred Tinordi, with Morgan Ellis, Greg Pateryn, Nathan Beaulieu, and Danny Kristo expected to also make AHL debuts in 2012.

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