MONTREAL - General manager Marc Bergevin announced on Thursday that the team has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract (2021-22 to 2023-24) with defenseman Mattias Norlinder.
The agreement will see Norlinder earn $750,000 at the NHL level in both 2021-22 and 2022-23 and $800,000 in 2023-24. Norlinder will also receive signing bonus payments of $92,500 in all three seasons and will earn $70,000 per season at the AHL level.
Norlinder, 21, made his professional hockey debut this season with the Frölunda Indians in the SHL. The 5'10", 179 lb offensive defenseman had a strong rookie season with five goals and five assists in 37 games before shining in the playoffs, amassing three goals and two assists in seven contests. On the international stage, he competed in the 2020 World Junior Championship, suiting up for seven games and helping Sweden win a bronze medal.
A native of Kramfors, Sweden, Norlinder was selected in the third round (64th overall) by the Canadiens at the 2019 NHL Draft.