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Report: Charles Hudon set to sign with Lausanne HC of the Swiss NLA

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The 26-year-old was entering his last year of restricted free agency.

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Charles Hudon will play in the Swiss National League A for Lausanne HC in 2020-21, reports Guillaume Lefrançois of La Presse.

Hudon, a fifth-round pick in 2012, was entering his final year of restricted free agency, and will be unrestricted by the time this deal expires. He had been offered a two-way, $840,000 contract as a qualifying offer to stay with the Montreal Canadiens, but decided to spend a year overseas to get noticed by another NHL club.

At one point one of the top prospects in the organization, he burst onto the NHL scene in 2017-18 with a 10-goal, 30-point rookie season. He hasn’t managed to replicate that success since, with a total of four goals and three assists in 47 games over the past two years.

In Lausanne, he will play under head coach Craig MacTavish, and join former Habs player Mark Barberio and prospect Tim Bozon, the latter of whom was in the same 2012 draft class for the Canadiens as Hudon, on the roster.