Blue Jackets Sign Broadhurst, Tynan, and Harrington to One-Year, Two-Way AHL/NHL Contracts
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed three players to one-year, two-way contracts for the 2016-17 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Center Alex Broadhurst, 23, recorded 10 goals and 26 assists for 36 points with 14 penalty minutes in 60 games with Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters, Columbus’ AHL affiliate, during the 2015-16 regular season. He finished third on the club in assists and fifth in points. Broadhurst added 3-9-12, six penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating in 17 playoff games to help Lake Erie capture the 2016 Calder Cup championship. He was second-T on the team (fifth-T in the AHL) in postseason assists and fifth-T in points.
The Orland Park, Illinois native has notched 32-63-95 with 50 penalty minutes in 164 career AHL games with the Monsters and Rockford IceHogs since making his pro debut in 2013-14. He tallied 16-29-45 with 32 penalty minutes in 75 games with the IceHogs in his rookie campaign.
Originally Chicago’s seventh round selection, 199th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft, Broadhurst was acquired as part of a trade along with forward Brandon Saad from the Blackhawks on June 30, 2015. He posted 24-40-64 with 36 penalty minutes and was +30 in 65 games with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League in 2012-13. In his lone OHL campaign, he helped the club capture a league championship with 10-18-28 and 22 penalty minutes in 21 postseason contests.
Center TJ Tynan, 24, registered six goals and 40 assists for 46 points with 38 penalty minutes and a +7 plus/minus rating in 76 games with Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters, Columbus’ AHL affiliate, during the 2015-16 regular season. Setting career highs in assists, plus/minus and games-played, he finished 12th-T in the AHL in assists and led the Jackets' AHL affiliate in assists and points for the second-straight campaign. He added 1-5-6 and eight penalty minutes in 17 playoff games to help Lake Erie capture the 2016 Calder Cup championship.
The Orland Park, Illinois native has posted 19-75-94, 88 penalty minutes and is +1 in 154 career AHL games since making his pro debut with the Springfield Falcons at the end of the 2013-14 season. He notched 13-35-48 with 48 penalty minutes in 75 games with the Falcons in 2014-15.
Columbus’ third-round pick, 66th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft, Tynan collected 54-107-161 with 132 penalty minutes and was +28 in his career at the University of Notre Dame from 2010-14. He led the club in scoring in three of his campaigns, including recording 8-30-38 with 30 penalty minutes and was +15 in 40 games as a senior in 2013-14.
Defenseman Scott Harrington, 23, was acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Kerby Rychel on June 25. He registered an assist and four penalty minutes in 15 games with the Maple Leafs in 2015-16 and added 1-2-3 with 14 penalty minutes and a +4 plus/minus rating in 17 games with Toronto’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. He was acquired by Toronto as part of a trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1, 2015.
The Kingston, Ontario native made his NHL debut with the Penguins in 2014-15, recording four penalty minutes in 10 contests. He added 2-10-12 with 20 penalty minutes and was +19 in 48 games with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. The blueliner has notched 8-31-39 with 89 penalty minutes and is +32 in 141 career AHL games since making his pro debut in 2013-14.
Originally selected by Pittsburgh in the second round, 54th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft, Harrington posted 13-68-81 with 129 penalty minutes and a +58 plus/minus rating in 216 career games with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League from 2009-13. He collected 3-16-19 with 26 penalty minutes and was +21 in 50 games while serving as team captain in his final season with London in 2012-13. Harrington has represented Canada at four international tournaments. He was named as one of Canada’s top three players at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships with 0-2-2 in six games and helped the Canadians capture a bronze medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships after posting 1-3-4 in five contests.