COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets
have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with defenseman Sheldon Brookbank
, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.
Brookbank, 26, won the Eddie Shore Award as the American Hockey League’s Outstanding Defenseman and was an AHL First Team All-Star in 2006-07 as he tallied a career-high 15 goals and 38 assists for 53 points with 176 penalty minutes and a +4 plus/minus rating in 78 games with the Milwaukee Admirals
. His club’s captain, he led all AHL defensemen in points and was among league leaders with six game-winning goals and 208 shots on goal this past season.
A native of Lanigan, Saskatchewan, Brookbank made his NHL debut with the Nashville Predators
in 2006-07, notching 0-1-1 and six penalty minutes in three games. He registered his first career NHL point with an assist vs. Pittsburgh on Feb. 6, 2007. The 6-2, 215-pounder has racked up 29-96-125 with 965 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +16 in 260 career AHL games with Grand Rapids, Cincinnati and Milwaukee during his six professional seasons.