The NCAA hockey season is now over and the Habs wasted little time inking one of their collegiate prospects, signing forward Mark MacMillan to a two year entry level contract on Sunday afternoon. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
MacMillan was a 4th round selection of the Habs back in 2010 (113th overall), one of their somewhat contentious long-term project picks. The 6’0 forward was selected out of the BCHL and weighed just 150 pounds when he was picked. Over his four years at North Dakota, he has added some muscle (although he has a ong way to go yet if he wants to be a successful pro) and blossomed into a strong two-way forward.
This past season, MacMillan played in 29 games, picking up a career best sixteen goals (ranking second on the team) to go along with nine helpers. Unfortunately, he missed the end of their season plus their road to the Frozen Four with a broken knee cap. Over his four college seasons, he recorded 46 goals and 53 assists in 151 games.
Despite missing the end of the season due to injury, MacMillan was named the NCHC’s top defensive forward. He has spent time at both centre and the wing and became quite reliable at the faceoff dot this year. Unlike many of Montreal’s recent signings (either tryouts or contracts), he won’t be Hamilton-bound to finish their season as he continues to recover from his knee cap surgery.