Minnesota blueliner Collins gives up senior year to sign with Blue Jackets

27 Nov 15: Patrick Russell (St. Cloud - 63), Ryan Collins (Minnesota - 6). The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers host the St. Cloud State University Huskies in an non-conference  matchup at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, MN. (Jim Rosvold)
Ryan Collins skated in 98 career games with Minnesota (photo: Jim Rosvold).

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced Thursday that Minnesota defenseman Ryan Collins has left school to sign a three-year, entry-level deal with the club.

Collins will join the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League for Friday’s game at Milwaukee.

This past season, Collins had three goals and nine points in 37 games for the Gophers.

In 98 career games at Minnesota, Collins tallied four goals and 18 assists for 22 points.

Collins was originally taken in the second round (47th overall) by the Blue Jackets in the 2014 NHL Draft.