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Blue Jackets Sign Former Minnesota Golden Gophers Forward Jake Hansen

The Blue Jackets have signed former Minnesota Gophers forward Jake Hansen to a two year, entry level contract.


The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed one of their former draft picks to a two year entry level contract. The Blue Jackets website reported on Thursday that former Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Jake Hansen has been signed by Columbus following his senior season where he helped the Gophers get to the Frozen Four in the 2012 NCAA Hockey Tournament.

In his overall career in Minnesota he was a +11 in 149 games. His scoring wasn't particularly great with the Gophers but he did pick up 38 points with 16 goals and 22 assists his senior year. He was originally selected by the Jackets in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft with their 68th overall selection.

Hansen, along with his time with the Golden Gophers, spent time in the United States Hockey League with the Sioux Falls Stampede. In his time with Sioux Falls he was +15 in 75 games.

For more on the Columbus Blue Jackets, head over to The Cannon. More on the Minnesota Golden Gophers can be found at The Daily Gopher.

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