Portland Winterhawks forward Paul Bittner has signed a three-year entry level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Bittner was selected in the second round, 38th overall, in the June National Hockey League Draft.
Bittner set career-highs last season with 34 goals and 37 assists for 71 points in 66 games. In three seasons with the Winterhawks, he has 68 goals and 75 assists for 143 points in 174 games.
“Paul’s overall game has really improved this year, which was evident by where he was drafted by Columbus,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Jamie Kompon. “Since then, he elevated his play while at the Blue Jackets Development Camp as well as Team USA’s National Junior Evaluation Camp, which made a strong impression on the Blue Jackets staff. That impression has now earned him his entry-level contract with Columbus. We are extremely excited for Paul and his family.”
Bittner attended the United States National Junior Team Evaluation Camp earlier this month, as he looks to earn a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2015 – Jan. 5, 2016, in Helsinki, Finland.