There has been a bit of discussion on why Connor Crisp and Brady Vail both signed PTO contracts with the Bulldogs to finish out the season, rather than Entry Level deals with the Canadiens.
My educated guess is that the Canadiens:
1) don’t have any contract slots available, what with the contracts signed by Jack Nevins and others. This summer, a group of players whose contracts expire will not be renewed, and these players and others can be signed to NHL deals.
2) don’t want their Entry Level deals to ‘kick in’, and lose one year of control over these prospects, in return for an eight-game tryout. So we use the PTO method to get these guys some AHL experience without wasting a contract year.