The Ottawa Senators added more depth to the organization on Thursday when they signed left wing Derek Grant, their second fourth-round pick (119th overall) in the 2008 draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Grant, 20, will leave Michigan State, where he just finished his second year, to turn pro. He’ll spend the rest of the season with the Binghamton Senators. He’ll be able to play in the remaining regular-season games but not in the AHL playoffs.
Grant led the Spartans in scoring with 33 points on eight goals and 25 assists in 38 games. In two years at Michigan State, he had 20 goals and 43 assists in 76 games.
Before attending Michigan State, the 6-3, 196-pound Grant played two seasons for the Langley Chiefs of the British Columbia Hockey League.
He has been to Ottawa’s last three summer development camps.
“He’s a finesse, smart, offensive winger,” said assistant general manager Tim Murray.
“I think assists more than scoring is his forte but he can do both. He had a very good year at Michigan State and we felt and he felt that he was ready to start his pro career and get another challenge in his life.”