Habs sign Jared Davidson –


With the signing deadline approaching Saturday, the Habs have decided to give Jared Davidson his entry-level contract and announced Friday that they have signed him to a two-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 21-year-old was selected in the fifth round by Montreal in 2022, finishing 130th overall in his third and final year of eligibility. Davidson was a strong scorer as a junior, topping the 80-point mark in his final two years and averaging over a point per game during two long playoff runs.

That was enough for the Canadiens to make him a professional for the 2023/24 season. However, instead of giving him an NHL contract at that time, they initially opted for a minor league contract, similar to what they did with Rafael Harvey-Pinard and Xavier Simoneau in recent years.

Unfortunately, this season has been a mixed bag for Davidson. He was often left out of the roster early on and when he did play, he saw limited time on the ice, missing several weeks in between with an upper body injury.

However, upon his return, Davidson became a regular and worked his way up the lineup. By February, he was on the mend with six goals in 12 games. But once again, an upper-body injury got in the way and he was unable to return until the end of the regular season. However, it was believed that he was close to returning if they made it to the postseason.

Davidson's season-long numbers weren't exactly stellar, as he had 11 goals and five assists to go along with 84 shots in 38 games, making him a borderline candidate to be signed before Saturday's deadline, but it turns out he did do enough to earn a deal after all.