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St. John's IceCaps sign defenceman Jeremie Blain

Habs farm team continues to rebuild its defensive depth after an off-season purge

The St. John's IceCaps have announced that they have signed Jeremie Blain to a one-year AHL contract.

Blain is a former fourth-round draft pick for the Edmonton Oilers in 2010, however he signed his three-year entry level contract with the Vancouver Canucks in 2013, when the Oilers decided to release his rights. He spent two professional seasons as part of the Canucks organization, mostly playing in the ECHL, after which the final year of his ELC was bought out prior to the 2015-16 season.

He split last season between the AHL's Chicago Wolves and the ECHL's Brampton Beast, the Canadiens affiliate, playing with his brother Luc-Olivier Blain, who saw some time with the IceCaps last season.

This signing follows last week's news that the IceCaps also re-signed Josiah Didier to a one-year AHL deal. This is certainly part of a larger defensive rebuild for the Canadiens farm team, who chose not to re-sign Darren Dietz, Mac Bennett, Morgan Ellis, Victor Bartley, and Travis Brown from last season's squad.

Currently the IceCaps will be able to count on several newcomers and returnees to fill up their defensive brigade, which should include Philip Samuelsson, Brett Lernout, Dalton Thrower, Joel Hanley, Tom Parisi, Ryan Johnston, and the aforementioned Didier and Blain.

Possibly one of Zach Redmond or Greg Pateryn may also join the IceCaps should they clear waivers, given the excess of defencemen on one-way contracts in the NHL.