Stephane Da Costa signs deal

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators have landed highly coveted NCAA prospect Stephane Da Costa.

The free-agent forward signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Ottawa Thursday.

A number of NHL teams expressed interest in Da Costa, who had 30 goals and 90 points in 67 games in two seasons with Merrimack College.

Da Costa is a native of Paris, and he's the first Frenchman to sign with the Senators.

The 21-year-old represented his country at last year's world championships.