The NHL season is fast approaching, and on Wednesday, the Columbus Blue Jackets spent some coin on one of their own, inking right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand to a five-year contract extension worth a reported $27 million.
FIVE MORE YEARS FOR OLLIE!
— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) January 6, 2021
The 25-year-old put up 133 points (65 goals, 68 assists) for the Jackets last season as they went 33-22-15 (81 points), good for fourth in the Metropolitan Division.
Bjorkstrand has notched 20-plus goals in back-to-back seasons and three straight campaigns of 36 points or more. He has added 6-6-12 in 31 career playoff outings.
#CBJ Oliver Bjorkstrand contract details:
2025-26: $6.0M#CBJ is buying four of Bjorkstrand’s UFA years.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) January 6, 2021
“Oliver is a gifted player that has shown steady improvement throughout career to this point and we couldn’t be happier that he will be a Blue Jacket for a very long time,” Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement.
“He is a dangerous offensive player, and we believe he will be an even more impactful player for us as he continues to develop and mature in this league.”
Bjorkstrand was a third round pick of the Jackets (89th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.
— Clay Hall (@claywsyx6) January 6, 2021
He set career highs in goals with 23-13-36 in 77 games during the 2018-19 season. He played in all 82 games for Columbus during the 2017-18 season.
The Jackets have made the postseason in all four seasons Bjorkstrand has been with the franchise. “I like my spot on the team. I like the city. There’s not much to complain about there,” he said.