COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Kirill Starkov to a three-year entry level contract, club Interim General Manager Jim Clark announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Starkov, 20, collected 34 goals and 37 assists for 71 points with 41 penalty minutes and was +3 in 72 games in his rookie season with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. He led the team in goals and power play goals (19), while ranking second in points and assists (tied). He added 2-4-6 with four penalty minutes and was +1 in seven playoff games for the Rebels, as well as notching 1-1-2 and with a plus/minus rating of +3 in six games for Team Denmark at the IIHF World Championships.
Columbus' seventh pick, 189th overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft, Starkov recorded 1-2-3 with four penalty minutes in 34 games with Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League and had 8-16-24 with 16 penalty minutes and was +12 in 19 games with Frolunda of the Swedish Junior League in 2005-06. In 78 career games in the Swedish Junior League, he tallied 29-38-67 with 26 penalty minutes and had a cumulative plus/minus rating of +39.
The 2007 NHL Entry Draft will be held at Nationwide Arena on Friday, June 22. The first round will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday night with rounds 2-7 beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets are free for both days and are available at www.BlueJackets.com.
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