Sven Andrighetto was one of the rare bright spots among Habs players last season, and for his efforts he was awarded a one-year contract extension by the Canadiens.
Andrighetto, 23, had 7 goals and 10 assists with the Habs last year. He also spent some time in the AHL, producing 10 goals and 13 assists in just 26 games.
His talent, creativity, and speed came handy as the Habs attempted to fill their forward ranks due to a litany of injuries.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Friday that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with forward Sven Andrighetto.
Drafted by the Canadiens in the third round (86th overall) at the 2013 Entry Draft, Andrighetto laced up the skates for 44 games with the Habs in 2015-16, registering a total of 17 points, including seven goals. In 26 games with the St. John’s IceCaps earlier in the season, Andrighetto collected 23 points complemented by a differential of plus-6.
The native of Zurich, Switzerland will be entering his third season with the Habs at just 23-years-old. The former product of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL registered 172 points in 115 games throughout his junior career.
At this point it's unclear where Andrighetto will slot into the lineup next year, but as you can see from his season review, he's talented enough to play in the top six. Ideally he would be a third line player that could fill in whenever a player above him in the depth chart is injured.
It's interesting that the Canadiens only offered him a one-year deal, seeing as he's shown great potential in the NHL, although they may be hesitant to offer him a longer deal due to the small sample size. They could also be avoiding signing him to a long term deal that would be seen as incredibly enticing once the expansion draft takes place.
Andrighetto's NHL salary was $625,000 last season. The terms of his new contract will be updated as soon as they're released.
UPDATE: Andrighetto received a one-way contract worth $650,000 for the 2016-17 season.