It was announced on Thursday afternoon that left wing Charles Hudon has inked a two-year extension with the Montreal Canadiens, carrying him through the end of the 2018-19 NHL season. It’s a two-way deal for next season, turning into a one-way contract in 2018-19.
The team failed to release the figures for his deal in the official press release, but Cap Friendly reports that the deal will pay out $650,000 in each season.
So far, the 22-year-old Hudon has yet to officially break into the Montreal lineup, but the one-way facet of his deal in the second year suggests that should change in the coming seasons. He’ll enter his 2017-18 campaign with four assists through his admittedly limited six NHL games. But he had 27 goals and 49 points through 56 regular-season games for the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps in the last year alone. He finished the 2016-17 campaign second in both goals and points on the IceCaps, behind only veteran winger Chris Terry.
A native of Alma, Quebec, Hudon was drafted 122nd overall by the Canadiens in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
He went pro with the club in 2014, following a QMJHL career predominantly spent with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.
Although his point totals for this past season were his lowest in the AHL to date, he put up an impressive number for a player with a partial AHL season under his belt. Given that he sat with 19 games on hand for the year, his scoring rate was certainly impressive enough to earn his multi-year extension.