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Canadiens sign prospects Desharnais and Avtsin

TSN.ca Staff

7/15/2010 12:37:17 PM

The Montreal Canadiens signed two prospects on Thursday, agreeing to terms with forward David Desharnais on a one-year contract and forward Alexander Avtsin to a three-year contract (2010-11 to 2012-13).

As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Desharnais, 23, played in six games with the Canadiens in 2009-10 with one assist. The Quebec City native led the Hamilton Bulldogs in scoring last season (tied for 4th overall in the AHL) with 78 points (27 goals, 51 assists) in only 60 games.

Avtsin, 19, played 30 games in 2009-10 with the KHL's Moscow Dynamo. The 6'2, 188-lb right winger registered nine points with 10 penalty minutes.

In 2008-09, Avtsin recorded 110 points (56 goals, 54 assists) in 76 regular season games with the Moscow Dynamo-2 (Russia-3), while also serving 130 penalty minutes.

A native of Moscow, Avtsin was selected in the fourth round, 109th overall by the Canadiens at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Avtsin participated in the Canadiens' development camp in July 2009 and this past camp in July 2010.