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BU recruit Kole Sherwood signs with Columbus Blue Jackets

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Boston University hockey recruit Kole Sherwood has signed an NHL entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets, nullifying his NCAA eligibility.

Sherwood, a New Albany, Ohio native, was a non-roster invite at the recent Columbus Blue Jackets Development Camp where he impressed the team's coaching and hockey operations staff.

A '97, he went undrafted in the 2015 NHL Draft during his first year of eligibility, though we mentioned him as an unranked player worthy of being drafted prior to the Draft. He had a goal and assist in three games with the USHL's Youngstown Phantoms this season. He played predominantly with the Ohio Blue Jackets U18 team that competes in the T1EHL. He had 22 goals and 26 assists in 31 games in midget hockey this year.

Sherwood had previously planned to play a year or two in the USHL with the Phantoms before matriculating to Boston University. According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Post Dispatch, Sherwood notified both the Phantoms organization and the BU coaching staff last night of his decision to sign an NHL contract.

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Jeff Cox covers college, junior, high school and prep hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxSports.