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[Report] Canadiens Sign Kaiden Guhle to Entry-Level Contract

Kaiden Guhle signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens today. What is his history?

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Today Marc Bergevin, the Montreal Canadiens general manager, announced today that the organization had signed young Sherwood Park, Alberta, defenseman Kaiden Guhle to a three-year, entry-level contract.

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The contract runs from the 2020-21 season to the 2022-23 season and will pay Guhle $832,500 if he’s able to play at the NHL level. There are also signing bonuses totaling $92,500 per season that would hike his pay to $925,000 AAV.

Kaiden Guhle Montreal Canadiens
Kaiden Guhle, Montreal Canadiens

As well, the contract also sets a number of Performance “A” bonuses that would increase his pay by a maximum of $420,000 each season. However, the catch is that he has to make the NHL’s Montreal team.

The downside is that, should Guhle not make the Canadiens and ends up playing at the AHL level, he’ll only make $80,000 per season. Still, for an 18-year-old young man $80,000 USD is a nice payday for playing hockey.

Guhle Picked During Round One of 2020 NHL Entry Draft

Guhle was the Canadiens’ first-round draft choice (16th overall) during the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. He has the size to be physical, the wingspan, and he can really skate well. In addition, he has a reputation of having a bit of a mean streak and can be a “bully” (in the best sense of the word, which is something coaches love) who doesn’t mind throwing his weight around.

Kaiden Guhle, Montreal Canadiens

As far as the score sheet goes, Guhle scored 40 points in 64 games playing in his second season with the Prince Albert Raiders. At 6-foot-2 and 186 pounds, he led all of the Raiders’ defensemen led by scoring 11 goals and adding 29 assists. He also scored 16 power-play points. Guhle helped his Prince Alberta team win the WHL championship in 2018-19.

Guhle Likely to Become a Defensive Defenseman

Although he has some offensive skill – especially on the power play – he’s likely to become a defensive defenseman. However, as noted, scoring 40 points in 64 games in the WHL shows some talent – especially noteworthy is his ability on the power play. That said, playing junior in the WHL can be very different than playing on Bell Centre ice.

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As noted, Guhle will likely play at the junior level – that is, if there’s a 2020-21 season. He’s going to be a good player one day, but will probably need time in the AHL when he turns professional.

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