The Montreal Canadiens announced this morning that Davis Drewiske will be brought back for the next two seasons. Drewiske was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings at the trade deadline for a 5th round draft pick in the upcoming NHL draft.
Drewiske suited up for nine games in a Canadiens sweater, registering one goal and three points, after notching four points in 20 games with the Kings. He was left out of the playoff lineup in favour of Jarred Tinordi, but provides some depth for the Canadiens going into a full 82 game schedule next season. Considering Montreal was forced to use 12 different defenders in just 48 games this season, adding a little depth is a wise move by General Manager Marc Bergevin.
At 6’2 and 220 pounds, Drewiske remains the second biggest blueliner on the Habs roster after the towering Tinordi. He will be counted on to kill penalties and clear the front of the net to make Carey Price and Peter Budaj’s job easier.
Drewiske’s cap hit will come in at $637,000, which is slightly above the league minimum. With so many young defencemen that could use more time in the American Hockey League, such as Nathan Beaulieu and Greg Pateryn, this low risk move will provide them more time to develop before being thrust into the Canadiens spotlight.