The Ottawa Senators announced today they have re-signed forward Ryan Keller to a one-year, two-way contract.
A native of Saskatoon, Keller spent the majority of the 2009-10 season with Ottawa’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. In 72 games with the B-Sens, Keller led the team with 34 goals and ranked second with 68 points.
Keller, 26, was recalled to the Senators on two occasions, making his NHL debut in the team’s 3-1 loss at New Jersey on Nov. 25. In a total of six NHL contests, he was held scoreless while averaging 6:12 of time-on-ice per game.
Originally signed by the Senators on May 22, 2009, Keller spent the previous two seasons playing for the Espoo Blues of the Finnish Elite League (SM-liiga). In 54 games with the Blues in 2008-09, he led the team in goals (21), assists (34) and points (55).
The 5-10, 186-pound right-winger has played 142 professional games over parts of three seasons with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, Syracuse Crunch and the B-Sens, recording 49 goals, 51 assists and 102 penalty minutes.
Keller spent his entire major junior career with his hometown Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. In four seasons, from 2001-02 to 2004-05, he played 257 games, registering 120 goals and 117 assists for 237 points while amassing 283 penalty minutes. He led the team in scoring in all but his first season. Before concluding his junior career, he captained Team Saskatchewan at the 2005 Centennial Challenge in Lloydminster, Alta.