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Bulletin: Senators sign Smith and Yablonski

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators
OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators announced today they have signed defenceman Derek Smith and forward Jeremy Yablonski to one-year, two-way contracts. The club also announced the signing of forwards Keegan Dansereau and Brandon Svendsen to amateur tryout agreements.

Smith, 24, has been in the Senators organization since signing as an undrafted college-level player in April  2007. The native of Belleville, Ont., spent the 2008-09 season with Ottawa’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, recording professional highs in games played (75), goals (seven), assists (17), points (24) and penalty minutes (49).

Yablonski, 29, originally joined the B-Sens in advance of the 2007-08 season and has led Binghamton in penalty minutes for the past two years with 228 and 215 minutes respectively. He also added one goal and two assists in 64 regular season games last season. A native of Meadow  Lake, Sask., Yablonski has played one NHL game, with the St. Louis Blues, and was held scoreless while recording five penalty minutes during the 2003-04 campaign.

A Saskatoon native, Dansereau, 21, recently completed major junior eligibility with the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos, tallying career highs in goals (37), assists (44) and points (81) in 69 games during the 2008-09 season. An undrafted free agent, Dansereau attended the Florida Panthers’ training camp in 2007 and the Columbus Blue Jackets’ training camp in 2008.

Svendsen, 25, completed a four-year college career with the Bowling Green State University Falcons in 2008-09 before joining the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads for 11 games, in which he recorded four goals and 15 assists. The Rosewood, Minn., native registered collegiate-career highs in goals (12), assists (18), points (30) and penalty minutes (32) in his senior season at Bowling Green.

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