Announced earlier today, the Columbus Blue Jackets have agree to a three-year, entry level contract with right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand. Bjorkstrand was Columbus’ fifth pick in the 2013 NHL draft, 89th overall.
The right wing comes from the WHL team, the Portland Winterhawks. According to the Associated Press, Bjorkstrand has had an impressive career in the WHL, especially this year alone.
The 6-foot, 169-pounder has 25 goals and 31 assists and a plus-21 plus/minus rating in 32 games this season, helping Portland amass the WHL’s second-best record at 23-8-2-2. He’s currently tied for third in the league in short-handed goals (three), fourth in goals and points, tied for seventh in game-winning goals (fourth) and eighth in assists and plus/minus.
Bjorkstrand has 56 goals and 63 assists and a plus-59 plus/minus rating in 97 career WHL games.
The signing of this 18-year old just extends Columbus’ reign of being one of the youngest NHL teams in terms of roster age, if not the youngest. They have plenty of up and coming prospects, but we’ll just have to wait and see how they will all turn out for the Blue Jackets.