Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Gophers junior Collins goes pro, signs with Columbus

2014 NHL Draft - Portraits

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 28: Ryan Collins of the Columbus Blue Jackets poses for a portrait during the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Getty Images

University of Minnesota blueliner Ryan Collins is forgoing his senior season to join the Blue Jackets.

On Wednesday, Columbus announced it had signed Collins to a three-year, entry-level contract, adding that he’ll immediately report to the club’s AHL affiliate in Cleveland.

Collins, 20, scored nine points in 37 games this year, helping the Gophers capture the Big Ten championship. He’s got great size -- 6-foot-5, 205 pounds -- and has international experience, suiting up for the U.S. at the 2015 world juniors.