The Columbus Blue Jackets locked up one of their top young players for the near future when they signed right winger Derek Dossett to a three-year extension Wednesday, reports The Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline.
Dossett's progress in his fourth year in the NHL was one of the few bright spots for the Blue Jackets this season. The team finished with the league''s worst record.
But Dossett became just the sixth player since the 2005-2006 season to score more than 10 goals and earn more than 200 penalty minutes in the same season, Portzline reported. The 25-year-old winger scored 12 goals and tallied a league-high 235 penalty minutes.
“I’m not surprised by what he did last season,” general manager Scott Howson told Portzline. “But he certainly took a giant leap in terms of his ability to contribute to the team." Dossett would have been a restricted free agent this offseason. He has spent his entire career with the Blue Jackets.