The Montreal Canadiens have announced that the team has come to terms with both Will Bitten and Michael Pezzetta on three-year entry-level contracts. The deals will start in the 2018-19 season and take them through 2020-21.

Selected in the third round two years ago, Bitten hasn’t yet taken the expected next step in the OHL. After a 30-goal, 65-point season with Flint when he was 17, the last two years with the Hamilton Bulldogs haven’t been much of an improvement. Bitten failed to make the Canadian World Junior team, and though he’s still a tenacious two-way player, there was expected to be more offense to his game as he matured. Now, he looks more like a future bottom-six player for the Canadiens if he can reach the NHL level.

In Pezzetta, the Canadiens have the opposite story. Selected in the sixth round in 2016, Pezzetta had very little offensive performance and was taken for his physical game and ability to punish defenders on the forecheck.