Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Forwards Dalton Smith and Ryan Russell
Smith agrees to three-year entry level contract; Russell agrees to one-year, two-way NHL-AHL contract
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Dalton Smith to a standard three-year entry level contract and signed left wing Ryan Russell to a one-year, two-way NHL-American Hockey League contract, Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced August 8.
Smith, 19, was the Blue Jackets second pick, 34th overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft. He registered 12 goals and 17 assists for 29 points, 124 penalty minutes and was +9 in 64 games with Ottawa of the Ontario Hockey League in 2010-11. He set career highs with 21-23-44, 129 penalty minutes and was +20 in 62 games with the 67’s during the 2009-10 campaign. In 143 career OHL games with Ottawa, the Markham, Ontario native has notched 35-45-80, 261 penalty minutes and a +27 cumulative plus/minus rating.
Russell, 24, was acquired by the Blue Jackets from Montreal in exchange for right wing Mike Blunden on July 7, 2011. He registered 10-11-21, 48 penalty minutes and was +17 in 65 games with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs in 2010-11. He added 7-2-9 in 20 playoff games, helping the Bulldogs reach the Calder Cup Western Conference Final.
The Caroline, Alberta native was the New York Rangers’ ninth pick, 211th overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft. Russell has appeared in 243 career AHL games, collecting 51-49-100, 84 penalty minutes and a +54 cumulative plus/minus rating. He split his first professional season in 2007-08 between Hamilton and Cincinnati (ECHL) and helped the Cyclones win the 2008 Kelly Cup. Prior to his professional career, he notched 98-118-216, 155 penalty minutes and a +61 cumulative plus/minus rating in 263 career WHL games from 2003-07.
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