On Wednesday, the Habs announced the signing of prospect defenceman Greg Pateryn to a two year, entry level contract. As per club policy, financial deals have not been released. Worth noting is the lack of mention of an Amateur Tryout contract (ATO) for the remainder of this season; Pateryn reportedly indicated earlier this week that his preference was to finish his degree instead of getting some games in with Hamilton.
The 6’2, 212 lbs defenceman set a career high in games played with the NCAA’s Michigan Wolverines this season with 41. His offensive numbers of two goals and thirteen assists placed him third among blueliners in scoring, just behind fellow Hab prospect Mac Bennett. His PIM total (65) more than doubled his previous career high and placed second on the team.
Pateryn, HW’s 30th ranked prospect in our preseason rankings, was acquired from the Maple Leafs along with a second round pick (later dealt to Chicago for Robert Lang) in exchange for Mikhail Grabovski. He is now the third defenceman whose entry-level pact starts next season as both Jarred Tinordi and Morgan Ellis will also be making their professional debuts in 2012-13. As the contract commences next year, he does not count against Montreal’s 50-contract limit for this season which presently sits at 50.