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Montreal Canadiens sign Joel Teasdale to entry-level contract

The undrafted camp invite secured an NHL contract

Drummondville Voltigeurs v Blainville-Boisbriand Armada Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens have locked up undrafted free-agent Joel Teasdale, signing him to a three-year entry-level contract.

Teasdale went through the 2018 NHL Draft, and would still be eligible for the 2019 Draft if he didn’t sign an NHL contract prior to the NHL season starting. Considering that he was drawing interest with Team Canada’s World Junior team, you would have expected teams to have interest in the Draft.

This way, the Canadiens have to sign him to an NHL contract, but they do so without having to use a draft pick.

Teasdale played under Joël Bouchard with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, and joined the team as an invite to development camp and then rookie camp before earning a spot at the main NHL camp.