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Senators sign forward Brady Tkachuk to three year, entry level contract

Brady Tkachuk puts on an Ottawa Senators jersey after being selected by the team during the NHL hockey draft in Dallas on June 22, 2018. The Senators have signed the 18-year-old St. Louis native to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Brady Tkachuk puts on an Ottawa Senators jersey after being selected by the team during the NHL hockey draft in Dallas on June 22, 2018. The Senators have signed the 18-year-old St. Louis native to a three-year, entry-level contract. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Michael Ainsworth

The Ottawa Senators have signed forward Brady Tkachuk to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The 18-year-old St. Louis native was selected fourth overall by Ottawa in the first round of last month’s NHL draft.

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Tkachuk led the Boston University Terriers with 23 assists in his freshman season and ranked second on the team in plus/minus rating at plus-15.

The six-foot-three, 192-pound winger helped the United States to a bronze medal at the 2018 world junior hockey championship. He finished in a tie for fifth in scoring with three goals and six assists.

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“Brady Tkachuk exemplifies all the attributes around which we want to improve the Ottawa Senators,” general manager Pierre Dorion said in a statement. “He is a young man of exceptional character. We know how much he agonized over leaving Boston University, and we are encouraged by the degree of accountability and commitment this shows from him.”

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Tkachuk is the son of former NHL forward Keith Tkachuk and the brother of current Calgary Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk.