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Columbus signs Boston College junior Atkinson to two-year deal

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Boston College junior forward Cam Atkinson to a two-year entry-level contract.

Atkinson registered 31 goals and 21 assists for 52 points in 39 games this past season. He set a career high in goals, which led the nation for the second consecutive season.

The 21-year-old finished his career at Boston College with a 68-56-124 line, 86 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +42 in 117 games.

“We want to wish Cam the very best with his decision to pursue his hockey career with the Blue Jackets organization,” BC head coach Jerry York said in a statement. “He has been an impact player during the course of his three years at Boston College and we wish him good luck at the professional level.”

Columbus drafted Atkinson in the sixth round (157th overall) of the 2008 NHL draft.

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  • Prepschool

    Good luck to Atkinson from someone who saw him play since his prep school days. Back then he already had NHL speed.

  • Brett

    I think a lot of college teams will be happy to not see Atkinson on the other end of the linueups. With his talent, I expect to see him crack the lineup quickly. As for the article… “He set a career high in goals, which led the nation for the second consecutive season.”

    Unless I’m missing something here, this is a whole lotta wrong. Might want to fact check before posting.. ;)

    • Bob

      There’s some guy named Frattin that might have led the nation in goals. 36>31.

      • GoBulldogs

        Atkinson has almost as many points in the last two years than Frattin has in four.

        • mbuck7

          And you guys play who…. exactly!

          • GoBulldogs

            To whom are you referring as “you guys”?

  • HockeyEast fan

    This might be the 1st in many BC losses; I would expect Kreider, Dumoulin and JImmy Hayes to follow suit. Hopefully I’m wrong, but they’re ready to play at the next level.

    • Coach1919

      Dumoulin already announced to a newspaper in Maine that he will return to BC next year.

  • Anonymous

    NHL speed – sure. NHL size – hmmm.

    • Joe C

      As a BU Alum and Habs fan, I can tell you that Brian Gionta faced the same criticisms. This was before the NHL rules changes, and Gionta has had plenty of success.

    • brightonjohn

      questionable, I agree. Gerbe is a tank at 5’6, and very strong on his skates, so this comparison sure to be referenced I’m not necessarily sold on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501157411 Joey Loeffler Jr

    Coming from a new CBJ season ticket holder, I’m excited to see this signing. It’s going to be a little awkward for this Sioux fan to cheer for a BC player though . . .

    • mbuck7

      your gonna need tickets to their AHL team to watch this guy then.

  • Poker Face

    A few more goals in St. Paul and Frattin is going to have more goals than his IQ.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501157411 Joey Loeffler Jr

      Idiot with an abysmal 3.7 GPA!

    • mbuck7

      he surpassed yours in his first game!

  • Sux2BU

    I thought my weekend could not get any worse. I just met this kid at the Hockey East ceremonies, too. 11 players drafted out of 20 returning underclassmen; once these kids see what’s left of the roster for 2011-12 the floodgates could open… BC players historically leave-early for the NHL.

    Graduating Seniors: (G) John Muse, (F) Joe Whitney, (F) Brian Gibbons.

    Notable Drafted underclassmen: (F) Jimmy Hayes [TOR], (D) Brian Dumoulin [CAR], (F) CHRIS KRIEDER [NYR], (D) Tommy Cross [BOS], (D) Phillip Samuelson [PIT]

  • brightonjohn

    Never saw this coming. Maybe Hayes or Kreider, but not Cam. Guess I wasn’t sure about his size at NHL level, Gerbe’s success notwithstanding, and being such a late draft pick figured wouldn’t be getting much pressure from Columbus to sign.

  • Ever to excel

    The flood gates are indeed opening up at the Heights. Next to pass through the exit door ..Jimmy Hayes. Just signed with the Blackhawks. Would have been nice to see this group have one last run together, too bad they forgot to show up in St Louis.

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