The Columbus Blue Jackets signed center Alexander Wennberg to a three-year entry-level contract.
Blue Jackets general manager, Jarmo Kekelainen stated:
“In talking to Alexander after the season, he made it very clear that he wanted to sign, work hard this summer and then come to training camp to try to make our team. He is an outstanding young player and we are excited to watch him develop in the coming years.”
Wennberg, 19, was a 14th pick in the 2013 NHL draft and just completed his rookie season with Frolunda HC in the Swedish Hockey League. He played 50 games with 16 goals, and was a finalist for rookie of the year.
Wennberg has also represented Sweden throughout many International Ice Hockey Federation events. He won a silver medal at the 2013 and 2014 World Junior Championships as well as the 2012 World U-18 Championship.
Wennberg is ecstatic for the opportunity:
“It’s a great feeling right now. I’m really excited about signing the contract and being part of the Blue Jackets organization. This has been a great year for me. I was able to play in the higher level over in Sweden, which was a good experience for me and I learned a lot from that. It was a good call for me to play against better players, and it was always part of my plan with Columbus and how they wanted me to play and everything. Like I said, it’s been a great year personally and I’m looking forward to coming over there; I have a great relationship with the GM and we’ve talked a lot about the future.”