Brady Vail could return to Windsor as an overager
Brady Vail, 20, was drafted in the 4th round (94th overall) in the 2012 draft and just finished his last season of his junior career, while also playing in five games with the Hamilton Bulldogs to finish off the year. Vail who is still Montreal Canadiens property has still not signed a entry-level deal with the club, which could mean he could be returning to the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires as an over-ager. According to the Windsor Star’s Jim Parker there is a chance he could return to junior.
“There’s a chance Johnson and Vail are back,” Boughner said. “It’s one of the reasons, at the trade deadline, that we were careful not to trade them.”
Vail was an integral part of this years team tallying 83 points (32 goals, 51 assists) in 67 games while playing against other team’s top players night in and night out.
He is a strong two-way center than can provide scoring when needed and can provide an efficient defensive game when also needed. It is sort of surprise to some as to why Vail hasn’t been signed to an entry-level deal at this point as the Canadiens would lose his rights on June 1st of this year if he isn’t signed.
I remain pretty confident in that Bergevin and his staff will get a deal done with the young center who would jump right in to the AHL for next season providing them with more youth and skill on their bottom two lines.