Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing of defenseman Greg Pateryn to a two-year contract (2012-13 and 2013-14). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Pateryn tallied 15 points (2 goals, 13 assists) in 41 games this season with the CCHA’s Michigan Wolverines. The 6’02’’ and 212 lbs defenseman served 65 penalty minutes. He played one game in the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four, presenting a +1 differential and three shots on goal.
I think he might be someone we can use and have needed for years on the back end:
At 6'3 and 214 pounds, Pateryn has assumed a role as one of the University of Michgan's toughest and most physical defenders. He utilizes his body very well, both in delivering checks as well as matching up against some of the CCHA's bigger forwards.
Could be way off here, but I believe it has something to do with age and/or draft year. Emelin signed a 1 year ELC, if you recall.
EDIT: HERE IT IS:
Players who sign their first contract at age 18-21 are required to sign three-year Entry Level contracts; players age 22-23 will be required to sign two-year deals; and players age 24 will be required to sign a one-year Entry Level contract.
We got him in the Grabovski deal correct? What are we going to do in Hamilton next season? Tinordi, Beaulieu, Ellis and now Pateryn. I love how those guys complement each other.
yes he was in the Grabo deal. Pateryn could see time in the ECHL next year since ice time may be hard to come by with the other big 3 rookie D's. Should be interesting to see how it shakes out though.
Originally Posted by Whitesnake
Does Pateryn now have to quit College? Why the heck did he give this interview then?
No, siging a NHL contract only means he cann't play college sports. His interview was about him not leaving school now in order to play for a week or two in the AHL. He has to graduate in order to enroll in med school and finals usually aren't until April.
Originally Posted by Guilliam
I thought all ELCs had to be 3 year contracts?
No, it's based off age of the player. Since Pateryn is 21 it's a 2 year deal. Same as Nash got last year