Columbus signs C Brassard to three-year deal

Updated: September 21, 2006, 5:15 PM ET

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday signed center Derick Brassard, the club's top pick in the 2006 draft.

The sixth overall selection by the Blue Jackets, Brassard signed a three-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Brassard, who turns 19 on Friday, is sidelined with a shoulder injury suffered while playing with the Drummondville Voltigeurs in a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League preseason game.

A native of Hull, Quebec, Brassard tallied 44 goals and 72 assists with 92 penalty minutes in 58 games with Drummondville last season. He was a first-team QMJHL All-Star and received the Michael Bossy Trophy as the league's best pro prospect.

"Derick is an extremely gifted offensive player who will be an important part of the Blue Jackets' future for years to come," general manager Doug MacLean said.

"The injury he suffered earlier this month is an obvious disappointment, but we look forward to Derick's return to the ice and his continued development in Drummondville this season," MacLean added.

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