COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed right wing Cam Atkinson to a three-year contract extension through the 2017-18 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Atkinson, 25, has registered 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 points with 12 penalty minutes in 58 games this season. He is currently fourth on the club in goals and sixth in points, while his five game-winning goals is tops on the Jackets and ranks 10th-tied in the NHL.
“Signing Cam Atkinson to a contract extension was a priority for us and we are excited that he will continue to be an important contributor for the Blue Jackets,” said Kekalainen. “He is a dynamic young player who scored 21 goals last season and we believe, with his commitment and work ethic, he will keep getting better in the years to come.”
Selected by Columbus with its eighth pick, 157th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft, Atkinson posted career highs in goals, assists, points and games played with 21-19-40 and 18 penalty minutes in 79 games in 2013-14. The 5-8, 174-pound right wing has recorded 50-47-97 and 48 penalty minutes in 199 career games with the Blue Jackets.
A native of Riverside, Connecticut, he spent three seasons at Boston College (Hockey East), registering 68-56-124 in 117 games played from 2008-11. He won a national title with BC in 2010 and was named to the NCAA’s Frozen Four All-Tournament Team after netting a goal in the Eagles’ semi-final matchup and scoring twice in the championship game. Atkinson has also appeared in 89 career American Hockey League contests with the Springfield Falcons, registering 49-38-87 with 45 penalty minutes and a cumulative +14 plus/minus rating.