The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed defenseman Jordan Harris to a two-year, entry-level contract that will begin this season. Harris, 21, was the Canadiens’ third-round pick in 2018, 71st overall, and had spent the last four years in the NCAA at Northeastern University.
Harris’ contract is for two seasons, including this one. The deal will pay Harris $750,000 per season at the NHL level, includes numerous bonuses along the way, and carries an $842.5K cap hit (link). The young defenseman had been rumored to make the jump to the NHL after he finished his fourth NCAA season recently. With Montreal”s struggles this season, and their trades of Ben Chiarot and Brett Kulak, the team has room to get a real look at Harris down the stretch. Harris is considered to be a good puck-mover, a proficient skater who can excel on both sides of the puck, and will have the ability to exceed at the NHL level.
Although Harris’ NCAA numbers don’t necessarily jump off the page, he did help lead the team to strong performances all four years, and Captained this year’s Huskies to a spot in this season’s NCAA men’s hockey playoff. Over four years, Harris tallied 73 points in 129 games for Northeastern, including five goals and 15 assists in 39 games this season. It’s unclear when Harris will debut for Montreal, however he figures to join the team in the coming days.