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Darren Dietz signs a three-year entry-level contract

The Canadiens have signed a late-round pick of the 2011 draft to a contract

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Marc Bergevin has signed the Canadiens' fifth-round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft to a three-year contract.  Darren Dietz led all WHL defensemen with 24 goals last season.

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Sunday the signing of defenseman Darren Dietz to a three-year contract (2013-14 to 2015-16). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

In 72 games with the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades this season, Dietz has collected 58 points (24 goals, 34 assists). He ranks first among the league defensemen in goals, and third among WHL rearguards in points. He shows 100 penalty minutes and a +9 plus/minus differential.

Dietz, 19, has recorded 131 points (48 goals, 83 assists) in 220 games since his junior debut with Saskatoon in 2009-10. The 6’01’’ and 195 lbs defenseman has served 288 penalty minutes and displays a +29 plus/minus differential.

A native of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Dietz was selected in the fifth round, 138th overall by the Canadiens at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He took part in his first training camp with the Canadiens in September 2011.