The Montreal Canadiens have rewarded one of their AHL standouts, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with Corey Schueneman. The two-way deal, which kicks in for the 2021-22 season, will pay Schueneman $750K at the NHL level and $175K at the AHL. He is currently playing for the Laval Rocket on an AHL contract.
Undrafted and now 25, this will be Schueneman’s first NHL contract. The former USHL defenseman spent four seasons at Western Michigan University and has now played 75 games at the minor league level. 21 of those contests have come for Laval this season, where Schueneman has seven points and has been a pleasant surprise.
Though the NHL still may be a long way off, the Canadiens obviously believe Schueneman can be a valuable asset to the organization and is worthy of this kind of deal. It means he can be recalled to Montreal next season as an injury replacement, though his current role in Laval seems the more likely reprisal. In the summer of 2022, Schueneman will still be a restricted free agent with some team control.