The Ottawa Senators announced Thursday that the club has signed defenseman Cody Ceci to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Ceci, 18, was the Senators' first-round pick (No. 15) in the 2012 NHL Draft. An Ottawa native, Ceci has spent all of his major-junior career with the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67's, for whom he scored 17 goals and added 43 assists in 64 games last season. In 196 career games with the 67's, Ceci has tallied 106 points (30 goals, 76 assists) and 54 penalty minutes.
"It’s every kid’s dream to play in the NHL," Ceci said, according to the Ottawa Sun. "The first step was getting drafted, the next step was to sign the contract and now I just have to worry about making the team."
The 6-2, 206-pound blueliner recently competed for his country, playing two games in the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge earlier this month. Ceci also participated is his first Senators' development camp earlier this summer.
"We’re going to give him an opportunity in our training camp to perform and hopefully compete for a job with our team, and we’ll let him basically decide his fate in that position," Senators general manager Bryan Murray said, according to the Ottawa Citizen. "We know he’s a guy that will be a real serious candidate."