Habs: A new prospect "Streit" from Switzerland

Dominic PampalonAnalyst IAugust 15, 2008

Montreal's General Manager Bob Gainey announced the signing to a 3-year deal with defense man Yannick Weber.

Last year, Weber, 19, scored 20 goals and collected 35 assists with the Kitchener Rangers in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He helped Kitchener win the OHL championship with 17 points in as many games in the playoffs.

Weber was also captain of the Switzerland national team during the World Junior Hockey Championship held in Quebec city in 2008. He notched 2 goals and 4 assists for six points in as many games and was served with 14 penalty minutes.

Weber is a player that is comparable to former Habs Mark Streit who joined the New York Islanders through free agency. Last year Streit finished the season third in points with 62 (13 G, 49 A) and showed a minus-6 differential. He also only had 28 penalty minutes in 81 games played.

There are many similrities between Weber and Streit. They are both offensive defense men who can be used in many different game situation.

Unless he stands out of the crowd amazingly, we'll probably see Weber spend the next 2 years in Hamilton in the American Hockey League (AHL). If he develops as expected, Habs fans should be delighted to see him play with the big boys.

Keep an eye on him.