MONTREAL, May 22 (UPI) -- The Montreal Canadiens on Thursday agreed to terms on a three-year contract with center Chris Higgins, their first-round pick in the 2002 draft.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Higgins, who turns 20 on June 2, was the 14th player selected in last year's draft, but returned to Yale for his sophomore season. He had 41 points to lead the Bulldogs in scoring for the second straight season.
The 5-11, 192-pounder had 20 goals and 21 assists and was one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top college player in the United States.
He was a member of the U.S. National Junior Team for the second straight year, and collected three goals and three assists at the World Junior Hockey Championship, helping the Americans to a bronze medal in January.
With Montreal, Higgins will play for a team that has missed the NHL playoffs four times in five years.