COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Theo Ruth to a standard three-year entry level contract, General Manager Scott Howson announced April 12. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Ruth, 21, was Washington's second pick, 46th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by Columbus from Washington in exchange for Sergei Fedorov on February 26, 2008. Ruth tallied five assists and 52 penalty minutes in 22 games during his junior season at the University of Notre Dame (Central Collegiate Hockey Association) in 2009-10 and also registered 31 blocked shots to rank fifth on the Fighting Irish in that category.
"He has had a very good career with the U.S. National Development Program and at Notre Dame, and we are pleased that he has decided to begin his professional career,” Howson said.
The Naperville, Illinois native registered 4-13-17, 130 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +15 in 100 career games with Notre Dame. He had 2-3-5, 36 penalty minutes and was +13 in 42 games during his freshman season in 2007-08, helping the Fighting Irish reach the National Championship game. Ruth spent two seasons with the United States National Development Program from 2005-07 prior to his arrival at Notre Dame.
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