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Mikhail Sergachev signs contract with Canadiens

Ninth pick of 2016 NHL Draft was top defenseman in Ontario Hockey League last season

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Defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, the ninth pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Friday.

In his first season in North America, Sergachev, a native of Nizhnekamsk, Russia, had 17 goals and 57 points in 67 games with Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League and was named the best defenseman in the OHL.

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The 6-foot-2, 208-pound defender was No. 8 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters.

Sergachev is the second member of the 2016 draft class to sign an entry-level contract. Pierre-Luc Dubois, the third selection, signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier Friday.

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