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The Habs have once again dipped into the junior free agent market, inking centre Alexandre Alain to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The 21-year-old is no stranger to the Canadiens.  He participated in development and rookie camp with the team back in the summer and clearly made a positive impression.

Alain has saved his best for last in his overage season with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.  He posted as many points in 2017-18 (87) as his last two years combined, earning himself Second Team All-Star honours.  His strong play has carried over to the playoffs where he has tallied 11 goals (in just 11 games) to lead all QMJHL players while adding eight helpers; his 19 points are tied for the most in the QMJHL postseason with teammate and Ottawa prospect Drake Batherson.

He will turn pro in 2018-19 and should battle for a spot in Laval although a stint in the ECHL is often a possibility with undrafted CHL players.

Per CapFriendly, Alain’s deal breaks down the same way as Hayden Verbeek’s which is as follows:

2018-19: $650,000 base salary, $80,000 signing bonus, $70,000 in performance bonuses, $70,000 AHL salary
2019-20: $700,000 base salary, $70,000 signing bonus, no performance bonuses, $70,000 AHL salary
2020-21: $700,000 base salary, $60,000 signing bonus, no performance bonuses, $70,000 AHL salary

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