Center Pierre-Luc Dubois signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.
Dubois was selected with the third pick of the 2016 NHL Draft and is the first player from his draft class to sign.
He took part in the Blue Jackets' development camp, which ran Monday through Thursday.
NHL Central Scouting ranked Dubois No. 1 among North American skaters for the 2016 draft. He had 99 points in 62 games for Cape Breton. A natural left wing, he played mostly center during the second half of the season.
"I can play all three forward positions," Dubois said Monday. "I can add depth at first. In the long run I think I can be a top talent on the team."