Gabriel Dumont back in Montreal

Gabriel Dumont’s development looks to be right on track, and the former QMJHL all-star has gotten a reward in the form of a two-year, two-way NHL deal with the Montreal Canadiens.

Dumont, a former alternate captain with the Drummondville Voltigeurs, has spent the last three seasons — save for 13 NHL appearances — in the AHL with the Hamilton Bulldogs, and if his numbers keep climbing, it may only be a matter of time before he finds himself spending more time in Quebec.

The one-time 50 goal man in the QMJHL, Dumont has shown growth offensively over his tenure in the AHL. After an 18 point rookie campaign (11-14), the 5’9″ forward bested it in his sophomore season when he scored 13 goals and added 11 helpers.

During the 2011-12 season, Dumont found his way to the big leagues, playing three games with the Canadiens. Last season, though lockout shortened, saw Dumont get the call in another 10 NHL games, where he would tally his first NHL goal and register two assists. What stands out, however, is how he continues to build his game offensively.

After his 2011-12 seasons saw him rack up 24 points in 59 games, 2012-13 saw Dumont put up 31 points (16-15) in just 55 contests, earning Dumont a spot on the AHL all-star roster.

Dumont, 22 years old and a fifth round pick of the Canadiens in 2009, will be paid $550,000 at the NHL level in 2013-14, and it will rise to $575,000 in 2014-15. The AHL terms are $105,000 in year one, $125,000 in year two.

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