COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed right wing Vitaly Abramov to a three-year entry level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Abramov was the Jackets' third round selection, 65th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft held at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.
Abramov, 18, has registered 23 goals and 22 assists for 45 points with 40 penalty minutes in 32 games with the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season. He leads the team in goals, assists and points and ranks fifth-T in the QMJHL in goals and seventh-T in points. Currently riding a six-game point streak (7-8-15), Abramov was named the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 18 after scoring 5-6-11 with a +7 plus/minus rating in three games.
The Chelyabinsk, Russia native made his QMJHL debut with the Olympiques in 2015-16, notching 38-55-93 with 36 penalty minutes and a +36 plus/minus rating in 63 contests. He led league rookies in goals, assists, points and plus/minus and finished fifth-T among all skaters in scoring. The 5-9, 172-pound right wing was selected 13th overall by Gatineau in the 2015 CHL Import Draft.
The Blue Jackets, who have set a club record with 11-straight victories to improve to 22-5-4 on the season, return to action tonight when they host the Montreal Canadiens. Game time at Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, 97.1 The Fan, and online at BlueJackets.com.