Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Sestito earns three-year deal from 'Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Plymouth Whalers left wing Tom Sestito to a three-year entry level contract.

Sestito was Columbus' third pick, 85th overall, at the 2006 Entry Draft.

Sestito, 19, tallied 42 goals and 22 assists for 64 points with 135 penalty minutes and a +6 plus/minus rating in 60 games with Plymouth during the 2006-07 regular season. He led the club and ranked 13th in the OHL in goals and was tops on the club and eighth in the OHL with 21 power-play goals. He also led the Whalers with four shorthanded goals and was sixth on the club in points. He helped lead Plymouth to a 49-14-2-3 record, which was tops in the West Division and second in the league.

The 6-5, 212-pound Rome, New York native has appeared in 152 career OHL games with the Whalers, registering 53-35-88, 399 penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating.

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