Canadiens sign defence prospect Subban, bring back rearguard Benoit

MONTREAL – Flashy defence prospect P.K. Subban has signed a three-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

Subban, who turned 20 on Wednesday, was drafted 43rd overall by Montreal in 2007. He had 14 goals and 62 assists and was plus-47 this season with the OHL’s Belleville Bulls.

The six-foot 202-pound defenceman played on gold medal-winning Canadian teams at the 2008 and 2009 world junior championships. At this year’s event, he was named a tournament all-star after registering nine points in six games.

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The Canadiens also re-signed defenceman Andre Benoit, who played the last two seasons with Sodertalje in Sweden. Benoit, 25, played for Montreal’s farm club in Hamilton from 2005 to 2007, helping the Bulldogs win the Calder Cup in 2007.

The St. Albert, Ont., native signed a one-year, two-way contract.