The Ottawa Senators have signed forward Francis Perron to a three-year entry-level contract, the club announced today.
If this is the first you’ve heard of Perron, don’t worry, you’re not alone. He was a seventh-round draft pick, 190th overall, in 2014. Back then, he was an unheralded 18-year-old forward who was coming off a 55-point season for Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL.
The next season, Perron finished with 76 points.
This season, he’s up to 107 points, and that’s in just 61 games. Only one other player in the Q has more points than Perron — Moncton’s Conor Garland, a fifth-round pick of the Coyotes in 2015.
Granted, we’ve seen older junior players rack up impressive point totals in the past. It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bound for a career in the NHL. But for a seventh-rounder, Perron offers more hope than most.