Brett Lernout has earned a three-year contract from the Montreal Canadiens, which will run through to the 2017-18 season.
Lernout, who plays with the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL, leads his team's defencemen in scoring, with 8 goals and 11 assists in 35 games.
The 73rd overall draft pick of the 2014 draft becomes the second Canadiens draftee from that class to earn an entry-level contract, the first being Nikita Scherbak.
Lernout is leading the defenseman of his team with eight goals and 18 points in 34 games this season with WHL’s Swift Current Broncos. The 6’4’’ and 203 lbs defenseman was assessed 36 penalty minutes and ranks sixth on the Broncos with six powerplay goals.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, announced on Friday the signing of 2014 third round pick Brett Lernout to a three-year, entry level contract (2015-16 to 2017-18).
A native of Winnipeg, Lernout has collected 43 points (17 goals and 26 assists) in 173 career games in junior since his WHL debut in 2011-12 with the Saskatoon Blades. He totals 187 penalty minutes.
The 19-year old defenseman was selected in the third round, 73th overall by the Canadiens at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He participated in his first development camp with the Canadiens in last July.