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Montreal Canadiens sign Ryan Poehling to two-year contract

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The forward will look to get back to the NHL.

AHL: FEB 24 Manitoba Moose at Laval Rocket Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens have signed Ryan Poehling to a two-year contract.

The first year of the contract is a two-way contract in which Poehling will earn $750,000 at the NHL level, and $225,000 in the AHL. The second year is a one-way NHL contract for $750,000, which is what his NHL cap hit would be.

Poehling was the team’s first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. He scored three goals and added the shootout winner against the Toronto Maple Leafs in his NHL debut, but since then has one goal and one assist in 27 games.

The 22-year-old had his best professional season last year in the American Hockey League with the Laval Rocket where, despite having an injury that ended his season, he led the team in scoring with 11 goals and 14 assists in 28 games. He has 16 goals and 22 assists in 64 career AHL games.

He will likely get an extended look in training camp as he’ll have every opportunity to make the team’s opening night roster.