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Stars sign defenceman Ivan Vishnevskiy, their first pick of 2006 draft @NHL

FRISCO, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Stars signed defenceman Ivan Vishnevskiy, the club's first-round pick in the 2006 draft, to a three-year contract on Wednesday.

Vishnevskiy, the No. 27th overall pick, has spent the past two seasons with Rouyn-Noranda of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

"Ivan has exhibited excellent offensive abilities from the blue-line the last two seasons in the Quebec junior league and we look forward to his continued development in our organization," Stars general manager Doug Armstrong said.

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