OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today that the club has signed forward Curtis Lazar to a three-year entry-level contract.
Lazar, 18, was the Senators’ first-round pick (17th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, which was held in June in Newark. A native of Salmon Arm, B.C., Lazar will enter his third full season of major junior hockey with the Western Hockey League’s Edmonton Oil Kings in 2013-14. He led the Oil Kings with 38 goals in 2012-13 while helping the club reach the Ed Chynoweth Cup (WHL Final) against Portland.
The 6-0, 196-pound centre has recorded 93 points (58 goals, 35 assists) and 103 penalty minutes over 141 career WHL contests, all of which have occurred with the Oil Kings. He has also registered 18 goals and 13 assists over 46 career WHL post-season games.
Lazar recently attended Team Canada’s national junior development camp which was held in early August in Montreal and Lake Placid, N.Y. He has previous international experience in having helped Canada win the Ivan Hlinka tournament after recording three goals and one assist over five games in the summer of 2012.
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