Canadiens sign Jeremy Gregoire to an entry level contract

Jamie Squire

In the excitement of free agency, we haven't had a chance to go over the fact that the Canadiens signed another player to an entry level deal.

Yesterday the Canadiens made a move that wasn't very publicized, but once again confirms Trevor Timmins' ability to find late round steals in the NHL Entry Draft.

Jeremy Gregoire was signed to an entry level contract by the Canadiens, after the sixth round pick in 2013 (176th overall) had a fantastic draft plus one season in Baie-Comeau, leading his talented team in goals and points.

Gregoire is the kind of player that doesn't really have a standout skill, though he is good at a lot of things. He stood out heavily to me at the Habs' summer rookie camp for his pure drive and determination in the scrimmages. He's not the fastest player, he's not the biggest player at 6'0", but he will be the first guy on the puck every time.

In the sixth round you're not often going to get a star, but Gregoire looks like the kind of guy who always achieves far beyond his skill level, and inspires his teammates to do more. He's got a little bit of Brendan Gallagher in him, and maybe a bit of Mike Knuble.

With one more season of junior left, Gregoire will be losing Charles Hudon as a linemate to the AHL, but should still be able to work some magic with Valentin Zykov.

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