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Blue Jackets sign defenseman Patrick McNeill to a one-year, two-way contract

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Patrick McNeill to a one-year two-way (NHL/AHL) contract for the 2013-14 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, further terms were not disclosed.

McNeill, 26, was selected in the fourth round, 118th overall, by Washington in the 2005 NHL Draft and has spent his six-year career in the Capitals organization. He has registered 33 goals and 119 assists for 152 points with 150 penalty minutes and a +37 plus/minus rating in 325 career American Hockey League games with the Hershey Bears. Last season, he tallied 4-13-17 and 16 penalty minutes in 47 games with the Bears.

A native of Strathroy, Ontario, McNeill set career highs for goals, assists and points with 10-31-41 and 32 penalty minutes in 71 games with Hershey in 2011-12. Prior to turning pro, he played four seasons with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League from 2003-07. He collected 53-129-182 and 172 penalty minutes in 249 career OHL games and put together back-to-back 20-goals seasons in 2005-06 (21-56-77, 64 PIM in 68 GP) and 2006-07 (22-36-58, 49 PIM in 58 GP). He was a 2005 OHL All-Star selection and played for Team Canada at the 2005 IIHF U-18 World Championships.
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