Senators sign 2020 first round pick Jake Sanderson to 3-year contract

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Feb 12, 2022; Beijing, China; Team Canada forward David Desharnais (51) fights for the puck with Team USA forward Matty Beniers (10), forward Matt Knies (67), and defender Jake Sanderson (8) during the first period in the men's ice hockey preliminary round of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at National Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

The Ottawa Senators signed defenseman Jake Sanderson to a three-year, entry-level contract on Sunday.

Sanderson, 19, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, will join the NHL club immediately.

“He’s signing with the intention he’ll be able to play NHL games this year,” Sanderson’s agent told Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.

Senators sign Jake Sanderson

“We’re very pleased to get Jake under contract,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said in a statement. “An important cog to our future on defence, Jake is an effortless skater who possesses all the tools to be a complete NHL defenceman. A mature leader despite his young age, he played big minutes in college with a blend of poise and confidence. While he still has progress to make in overcoming a current injury, we are hopeful of seeing him in our lineup before the end of the season.”

Sanderson just completed his sophomore season at the University of North Dakota, finishing with eight goals and 18 assists in 23 games.

The Montana native played in one game for Team USA at the 2022 Beijing Winter Games before he was sidelined with an upper-body injury.

–Field Level Media