The Canadiens have inked 28-year-old defenceman Davis Drewiske to a two-year contract extension.
Drewiske brings “experience and most importantly depth to our group of defenceman,” Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement released by the team on Thursday morning.
Drewiske played nine games with the Canadiens this season after being acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on April 2 in exchange for a fifth-round pick at this month’s NHL draft. However, the 6-foot-2 Wisconsin native was a healthy scratch during the playoffs when the Canadiens’ were eliminated by the Ottawa Senators in the first round.
The deal is a one-way contract, which will pay Drewiske $625,000 a season.
When Bergevin met with the media in April after the trade deadline, he said a team can never have enough defenceman, especially if you’re going to make the playoffs.
“He’s a stay-at-home defenceman. He’s a decent size, he’s got a great stick, kills penalties, blocks shots” and can handle good ice time, Bergevin said at the time.
Drewiske had seven points in 29 games this past season with a plus/minus differential of plus 3.
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