Blue Jackets sign first-rounder Murray to entry-level deal Staff

7/24/2012 2:34:16 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenceman Ryan Murray to a three-year entry level contract, general manager Scott Howson announced today.

Murray was the Blue Jackets' first pick, second overall, in last month's NHL Draft.

Murray, 18, scored nine goals and 22 assists for 31 points and had 31 penalty minutes in 46 games with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League during the 2011-12 season.

He also represented Canada at the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship and 2012 World Championship.