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Cam Hillis agrees to three-year entry-level contract with Montreal Canadiens

After just two-and-a-half seasons at the Junior level, Hillis will be turning pro.

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The Montreal Canadiens have made an agreement with forward prospect Cam Hillis on a three-year entry-level contract.

Hillis joins Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Jesse Ylönen, and Alexander Romanov as the four members of the Habs’ 2018 draft class to earn contracts to date. Hillis was Montreal’s fifth of 11 picks in that event, chosen with the 66th overall selection.

Named captain of the OHL’s Guelph Storm for the 2019-20 season, Hillis had a great partnership with the team’s top scorer, Pavel Gogolev. After a rough draft-plus-one season in which he played just 33 games and recorded 22 points, the centreman blew past the point-per-game mark with 83 in 62 games. His 59 assists ranked seventh in the Ontario Hockey League.

To go with his offensive game, he also has a strong defensive presence, ranking third in the 2019-20 OHL’s Coaches Poll in that aspect, as well as faceoff ability. That complete game will serve him well as he joins the Laval Rocket next season, and likely a deciding factor in signing Hillis ahead of some of the other CHL forwards selected in 2018.

With Hillis now under contract, we’ll see if any of Allan McShane, Cole Fonstad, and Samuel Houde earn contracts. All three forwards are set to leave the reserve list and become eligible to be drafted by another organization if they are not signed by June 1.