The Montreal Canadiens have signed defenceman Alexander Romanov to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The 20-year-old had seven assists and a plus-21 differential in 43 games this past season with CSKA Moscow of the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League.
The Moscow native played 86 career games with CSKA since making his KHL debut in 2018-19, registering 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) and 26 penalty minutes with a plus-37 differential.
He also appeared in eight career playoff contests, helping his team win the Gagarin Cup in 2018-19.
The five-foot-11, 185-pound defenceman suited up for Russia at the 2018 under-18 world championship and the 2019 and 2020 world junior championships
He was selected by the Canadiens in the second round, 38th overall at the 2018 NHL Draft.
“Alexander is a young, solid, and very reliable defenceman who is determined to pursue his career in the NHL,” Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a release. “He is part of our group of young prospects, and we strongly believe he will become an important asset of our defensive squad for years to come.”
May 8, 2020