The Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin has agreed to terms with prospect Jacob de la Rose on a three year entry level contract today. The deal will kick in at the start of next season.
De la Rose was drafted by the Canadiens in the second round, 34th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The pick was originally acquired from the Nashville Predators in exchange for Andrei Kostitsyn.
The Swedish forward played this past season with Leksands in the Swedish Elite League, scoring 13 points in 49 games. He is known as an excellent two way center, who can kill penalties, win faceoffs, play against opponents top players and chip in some offense as well.
De la Rose showed all of these skills as a member of Team Sweden that fell 3-2 in overtime of the Gold Medal Game at the World Junior Hockey Championships in January. He was relied upon as the team’s top defensive forward, but also scored six points in six games and played in all situations. De la Rose is also far from another small forward at 6’3 and 190 pounds.
De la Rose could possibly head to Windsor where the Ontario Hockey League’s Spitfires own his CHL rights, but he will likely head to the Montreal Canadiens training camp in September, and start next season with the Hamilton Bulldogs. There will be an influx of new forwards on the Canadiens top affiliate thanks to Canadian Hockey League graduations, but there is always room on a team for a guy who can play a 200 foot game.
De la Rose is known as an extremely intelligent hockey player which will help him climb the Bulldogs depth chart very quickly, and have him at the top of the list for call-ups to Montreal in the near future.