HabsWorld.net -- 

On Monday, the Montreal Canadiens signed key prospect, Jacob de la Rose, to a
3-year entry level contract.  The contract will take effect in the 2014-15
season, and as per club policy, the financial details were not released.

De la Rose was selected in the 2nd round, 34th overall, in the 2013 Entry
Draft.  This past year, he played for Leksand in the SHL, posting 7 goals and 6 assists in
49 games.  However, it was his play in the World Juniors that garnered the most
attention for the young Swede, as he impressed with his two-way play while
recording 6
points in 7 games.  He was recently rated as the Habs’ top prospect
according to The Hockey News, who also polled him as the 26th best prospect in
the NHL.

The Habs have a variety of options for de la Rose for next season.  Even
though he’s under 20, he’s eligible to play in the AHL as the age limit only
applies to players coming out of the Canadian junior system.  He also could
be assigned to Windsor of the OHL, who selected him in the most recent CHL
Import Draft.  They also could agree to loan him back to Sweden for the
season.  In all of those cases, his contract would slide unless he plays in
nine games with the Canadiens.