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Jackets sign Dorsett to two-year contract extension

Saturday, 09.12.2009 / 4:03 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

NHL.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed right wing Derek Dorsett to a two-year contract extension which begins in 2010-11 and continues through the 2011-12 season, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Dorsett, 22, tallied four goals and one assist for five points with 150 penalty minutes in 52 games as a rookie with the Blue Jackets in 2008-09. He ranked second on the club and led all NHL rookies in penalty minutes and added 116 hits. He made his NHL debut at Phoenix on Oct. 11, 2008 and scored his first career goal, the game-winner, vs. Vancouver on Oct. 21, 2008. He also appeared in seven games with the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’ AHL affiliate, and notched 1-5-6 and 35 penalty minutes.

A native of Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Dorsett was Columbus’ ninth pick, 189th overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft. He made his professional debut with Syracuse in 2007-08, collecting 10-8-18 with 289 penalty minutes and a +5 plus/minus rating in 64 games. His penalty minutes total led the Crunch and ranked third in the AHL. Prior to his arrival in Syracuse, he spent three seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League where he registered 49-79-128 and 593 penalty minutes with a +42 plus/minus rating in 180 games from 2004-07. In 2006-07, he had 19-45-64 and 206 penalty minutes in 61 games as the Tigers won the WHL championship and advanced to the Memorial Cup Final.

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