Latendresse wins spot on Habs

Promising winger Guillaume Latendresse has earned a spot on the Montreal Canadiens' season-opening roster, the team announced Friday.

Promising winger Guillaume Latendresse has earned a spot on the Montreal Canadiens' season-opening roster, the team announced Friday.

Latendresse, 19, Montreal's second-round draft choice in 2005, had a solid pre-season and was rewarded with a three-year contract.Financial terms were not disclosed.

Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said earlier this week that Latendresse wouldstay with the Habs the entire season if he made the opening-day roster.

The highly-touted Latendresse finished the 2005-06 season with 83 points in 51 games (43 goals, 40 assists) and 105 penalty minutes with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

In six exhibition tilts so far, the six-foot-two-inch, 229-pound left-winger has registered five points, including a team-high three goals.

In other Canadiens moves on Friday, the team assigned six players to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League including forwards Andrei Kostitsyn and Mikhail Grabovski (injured), as well as defencemen Ryan O'Byrne, Dan Jancevski, André Benoit and Jean-Philippe Côté (injured).

There are still 24 players remaining in training camp including injured Francis Bouillon.