The Habs have signed the prospect they acquired back in February in the Tyler Toffoli trade as they announced on Monday that they’ve inked Emil Heineman to a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal will begin next season and breaks down as follows:
2022-23: $750,000 salary, $92,500 signing bonus, $82,500 in games played performance bonuses, $80,000 AHL salary
2023-24: $832,500 salary, $92,500 signing bonus, $80,000 AHL salary
2024-25: $832,500 salary, $92,500 signing bonus, $80,000 AHL salary
That makes the full cap hit $925,000 and the AAV $897,500.
Heineman was a second-round pick of Florida back in 2020 (43rd overall) but has been involved in two significant trades already. He was a key element of the swap that brought Sam Bennett to the Panthers last season and judging by the return they received for Toffoli, he was a key piece (if not the key piece) in that one.
Statistically speaking, his numbers don’t exactly jump off the table as he had 11 goals and five assists in 38 games with Leksands of the SHL this season. However, he had a limited role with them, averaging only 11:34 per game which certainly contributes to the lower production.
Heineman profiles as a middle-six winger in the NHL once he has fully developed with an above-average shot and a strong attention to detail that should certainly endear him to Montreal’s coaching staff down the road. In the meantime, the 20-year-old winger will report to AHL Laval on a PTO deal for the rest of the season, giving him a head start on adapting to the North American game while giving the Rocket an intriguing piece for the stretch run.