Will the Canadiens sign prospect Dalton Thrower?
Montreal Canadiens prospect Dalton Thrower will undergo ankle surgery to repair ligament damage sustained near the end of his junior career. Thrower, 20, spent his last season of his junior career with the Vancouver Giants tallying 39 points (12 goals, 27 assists) in 42 games and was a +9. Thrower was drafted by the Canadiens in the 2nd round (51st overall) in the 2012 draft and may enter back into this year’s draft if not signed by June 27th.
According to The Province Thrower and his agent have had discussions with the Habs general manager Marc Bergevin about a contract but no agreement has been met yet.
“…Gerry Johannson, has had discussions this off-season about a deal with Montreal.”
Thrower seems to have some kind of uncertainty about his future with the Montreal Canadiens.
“…he’s unsure currently whether he goes back in the draft or becomes a free agent if he doesn’t ink a deal with Montreal…”
With the depth of Montreal’s young core on defense Thrower would have to impress at training camp and step up his play with the Hamilton Bulldogs. Right now he seems to be at least 5 or 6 deep on their depth chart depending on if Tinordi and Beaulieu get promotions to the NHL full time and whether or not Magnus Nygren decides to stay in North America.
There is still a good chance that Thrower will receive a entry-level deal with Montreal it is just a matter of when and that when is approaching pretty fast.
The Montreal Canadiens have until June 1st to sign Dalton Thrower, if not signed he can be put back into the NHL entry draft or could become a free agent available to sign with any team. The Canadiens will not receive any compensation if Thrower does join another NHL team.