The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Alex Broadhurst to a one-year, two-way NHL/AHL contract extension through the 2018-19 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Broadhurst, 25, collected two penalty minutes in two games with the Blue Jackets in 2017-18, making his NHL debut on April 3 vs. Detroit. He also added 19 goals and 22 assists for 41 points with 20 penalty minutes in 66 contests with the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters. He led the Monsters in goals and ranked second in assists (tied), points and shots on goal (133).
A native of Orland Park, Illinois, Broadhurst has recorded 62-99-161 and 93 penalty minutes in 282 career AHL games with the Monsters and Rockford IceHogs since turning pro in 2013-14. He has added 3-10-13 and eight penalty minutes in 24 career AHL Playoff appearances. He helped the Monsters capture the 2016 Calder Cup championship with 3-9-12 in 17 playoff games, finishing fifth-T in the AHL in postseason assists and points.
Drafted by Chicago in the seventh round, 199th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft, the 6-0, 178-pound center was acquired by the Blue Jackets from the Blackhawks as part of a trade on June 30, 2015. Broadhurst helped the London Knights capture the Ontario Hockey League championship in 2012-13 as he registered 24-40-64 in 65 regular season outings and 10-18-28 in 21 playoff contests in his lone OHL campaign.