The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed defenseman Doyle Somerby to a one-year, two-way National Hockey League/American Hockey League contract for the 2019-20 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Somerby, 24, registered career highs with eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points with 37 penalty minutes and a +15 plus/minus rating in 66 games with the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters in 2018-19. He led club defensemen in goals and ranked second in plus/minus and third in points and penalty minutes. He also made his Calder Cup Playoffs debut, skating in seven contests.
The Marblehead, Massachusetts native has posted 9-19-28 and 70 penalty minutes in 104 career AHL outings with the Monsters. He made his professional debut in 2017-18, collecting 1-7-8 and 33 penalty minutes in 38 appearances with the club.
The 6-6, 222-pound blueliner, who was signed by the Blue Jackets to a two-year entry level contract on August 21, 2017, was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in the fifth round, 125th overall, at the 2012 NHL Draft. Prior to turning pro, Somerby recorded 8-19-27, 156 penalty minutes and was +11 in 151 career games at Boston University. As a senior in 2016-17, he served as team captain and tallied 1-2-3 and 34 penalty minutes in 39 games.