Northeastern goaltender Cayden Primeau is expected to sign an entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens, according to a report from Sportsnet, which said the signing will happen “in the coming days.”
Northeastern was eliminated by Cornell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.
Sportsnet’s Eric Engels reported that Primeau will join the Laval Rocket (AHL) for the rest of this season.
Primeau will forgo his final two years of NCAA eligibility. This season, the 19-year-old posted a 2.00 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage. Last season as a freshman, he posted a 1.92 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage, leading the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament in both seasons. Primeau also started five games for Team USA at the World Junior Championships, where he had a .936 save percentage.
Northeastern won the Hockey East tournament championship last weekend and also won the Beanpot for the second straight year this past February.
Northeastern has gone 44-17-6 in games where Primeau has started over the last two seasons.
The Canadiens selected Primeau in the seventh round of the 2017 NHL Draft.