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Blue Jackets sign draft pick Bjorkstrand to three-year deal

Oliver Bjorkstrand has been one of the WHL's top scorers with the Portland Winterhawks.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand of the Western Hockey League's Portland Winterhawks to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Bjorkstrand was the club's fifth pick, 89th overall, in the 2013 NHL draft.

The 6-foot, 169-pounder has 25 goals and 31 assists and a plus-21 plus/minus rating in 32 games this season, helping Portland amass the WHL's second-best record at 23-8-2-2. He's currently tied for third in the league in short-handed goals (3), fourth in goals and points, tied for seventh in game-winning goals (4) and eighth in assists and plus/minus.

Bjorkstrand has 56 goals and 63 assists and a +59 plus/minus rating in 97 career WHL games.

The Herning, Denmark, native also represented his country at the 2012 World Junior Championships.

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