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Blue Jackets sign defenseman Austin Madaisky to one-year, two-way contract

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed defenseman Austin Madaisky to a one-year, two-way NHL/AHL contract for the 2015-16 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Madaisky, 23, posted 12 goals and 23 assists for 35 points with 28 penalty minutes and a +4 plus/minus rating in 53 games with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League during the 2014-15 season. He led all Falcons defensemen in goals, assists and points and was tied for seventh among AHL defensemen in goals and 17th-tied in points. He also tallied a goal in his AHL All-Star Classic debut in January.

The Surrey, British Columbia native has collected 16-27-43, 40 penalty minutes and a +8 plus/minus rating in 97 career AHL games with the Falcons. He also recorded 2-6-8 and two penalty minutes in 19 career ECHL games with the Evansville Icemen during his first two professional seasons in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Columbus’ sixth pick, 124th overall, in the 2010 NHL Draft, Madaisky registered 29-84-113 with 281 penalty minutes and a +6 plus/minus rating in 238 career Western Hockey League games with the Calgary Hitmen and Kamloops Blazers from 2008-12. He led all Kamloops defensemen in assists and points and was named a WHL West Second Team All-Star after recording 13-37-50, 87 penalty minutes and a +20 plus/minus rating in his final WHL season in 2011-12.

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