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Montreal Canadiens sign defenceman Darren Dietz to three-year deal

Sunday, 03.17.2013 / 11:35 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Montreal Canadiens sign defenceman Darren Dietz to three-year deal

MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens signed defence prospect Darren Dietz of the Saskatoon Blades to a three-year contract on Sunday.

Financial terms of the deal that takes affect next season were not released.

Dietz was selected in the fifth round, 138th overall, in the 2011 NHL draft.

The Medicine Hat, Alta., native leads Western Hockey League defencemen with 24 goals and has 58 points in 72 games this season. He has 100 penalty minutes and is plus-9 for the season.

The six-foot-one, 195-pound Dietz has 131 points in 220 career WHL games.

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What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp