COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Between the craziness of the second day of the NHL draft and re-signing defenseman Dalton Prout, the Columbus Blue Jackets had a busy Saturday.
Even before making its second-round selection in Philadelphia, the club announced it had signed Prout — a key component of what has become a solid group of blueliners — to a two-year contract extension. A restricted free agent, Prout could have received offers from other teams beginning on Tuesday.
Then the Blue Jackets selected Ryan Collins, a hulking defenseman, with the No. 47 pick in the second round. Like first-rounder Sonny Milano, he was with the USA development program last year.