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Blue Jackets sign top pick Johansen

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, Last Updated: 1:33 PM ET

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets signed center Ryan Johansen, the fourth overall pick in the 2010 draft, to a three-year entry level contract on Thursday.

The 18-year-old Johansen scored 25 goals to go with 44 assists in 71 games with Portland of the Western Hockey League during the 2009-10 season.

"We are pleased to have Ryan signed prior to the opening of training camp," Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson said of the 6-foot-3, 194-pound British Columbia native. "He is a big part of our future and we look forward to getting his Blue Jackets career started this weekend at the annual Prospects Tournament in Traverse City."

Johansen tallied five goals and 12 assists in 47 games with Penticton of the British Columbia Hockey League in 2008-09.


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