Marc Bergevin announced today that the Hamilton Bulldogs have signed Montreal Canadiens prospects Brady Vail and Connor Crisp to tryout contracts, and they will finish the season in the American Hockey League.
Vail was selected by the Canadiens in the 4th round, 94th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He just finished his fourth season with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League, where he set career highs with 32 goals, 51 assists and 83 points.
The Spitfires were swept in the first round of the OHL playoffs by the London Knights. Vail scored one goal and added an assist in the four game series.
Vail was also called up to the Bulldogs at this time last season, and scored one goal and three assists while being used in limited duty over 12 games.
The defensive minded center was voted as the most underrated player in the OHL’s Western Conference, and also was picked as the second best faceoff man in the conference by General Managers in the league.
Crisp was picked in the third round, 71st overall in the 2013 draft by the Canadiens. His Sudbury Wolves were just bounced from the opening round of the OHL postseason in five games by the Barrie Colts. Crisp chipped in one goal and one helper in the losing cause.
He set career highs in the regular season with 28 goals, 27 assists for 55 points with Sudbury. Crisp will be making his professional debut when he suits up for his first game with the Bulldogs.
Both forwards will be motivated to show the Canadiens management, that they deserve an entry level contract so they can begin next season with the Bulldogs, instead of returning to Junior for their overage season.
The Bulldogs next game is Wednesday night as they continue a road trip in Oklahoma, against the Barons. Hamilton is currently ten points outside of the postseason, with just eight games remaining on their schedule.
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