The Montreal Canadiens signed St. John’s IceCaps forward Markus Eisenschmid to a two-year, two-way contract today.
Eisenschmid was with the IceCaps last year and took part in Canadiens development camp for the last two seasons, so they clearly had him on their radar. He represented Germany at the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championships in Montreal.
At development camp I thought he was one of the better players there. He was quick and able to create scoring chances. He has six goals and four assists in 32 games this season. He was previously on an AHL contract. He had one goal and four assists in 28 games last year in his first professional season. He also dealt with concussion issues.
Eisenschmid is 6’0, 181 and 21 years old. He played junior hockey for the Medicine Hat Tigers in the WHL.
With Eisenschmid signed, he is now a recall option for the Montreal Canadiens, and with the injuries both the Canadiens and IceCaps are dealing with lately, that may be the reason for the contract now. It is also possible that another team was looking to sign him to an NHL contract.
The Canadiens are now at 47 contracts on the 50 contract limit, though the organization was able to sign him for just two years by waiting until 2017 to offer him a deal.