HabsWorld.net -- 

Christmas has once again come early for Habs prospect Michael Bournival. 
After cracking Team Canada’s lineup for the upcoming World Juniors, the team
announced during Wednesday’s game that they have signed the forward to a 3 year,
entry level deal.  Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Bournival was acquired from Colorado last season in exchange for defenceman
Ryan O’Byrne.  He was a 3rd round selection of the Avalanche (71st overall)
back in the 2010 draft.  It was noted later on that had the Canadiens had a
second round pick that year, they likely would have used it on the 5’11 forward
who can play multiple positions.

This season, Bournival has played 16 games with the Shawinigan Cataractes of
the QMJHL, scoring at nearly a goal per game pace.  In total, he has 15
goals and 9 helpers with a +4 rating and a 57.7% success rate at the faceoff
dot.  He recorded an assist in his first exhibition game for the upcoming
World Juniors, setting up fellow Hab teammate Brendan Gallagher.