Bjorkstrand signs five-year, $27 million extension with Blue Jackets

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Oliver Bjorkstrand signed a five-year, $27 million contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. It has an average annual value of $5.4 million beginning next season.

The 25-year-old forward is in the final season of a three-year contract he signed July 15, 2018 and could have become a restricted free agent after the season.

“Oliver is a gifted player that has shown steady improvement throughout career to this point and we couldn’t be happier that he will be a Blue Jacket for a very long time,” Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “He is a dangerous offensive player, and we believe he will be an even more impactful player for us as he continues to develop and mature in this league.”

Bjorkstrand led the Blue Jackets with 21 goals last season, his second straight scoring at least 20, and five game-winning goals. He scored 36 points in 49 regular-season games and three goals in 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Selected by Columbus in the third round (No. 89) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Bjorkstrand has scored 133 points (65 goals, 68 assists) in 246 regular-season games and 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 31 playoff games.

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