The Ottawa Senators are locking up a key piece of their rebuild with a long-term contract.
The team announced Wednesday that it had signed centre Colin White to a six-year, $28.5 million contract.
White, 22, is coming off his entry-level contract and was a restricted free agent. Last season, his first full campaign in the NHL, he had 14 goals and 41 points in 71 games.
“We’ve identified Colin as one of our core young players who will help drive our team’s success in both the short and long term,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion in a press release. “Colin plays the 200-foot game that is so coveted in today’s NHL. He can skate, play on both special teams and is a character player and leader who loves hockey and this city.
“While he is coming off a season where he finished among rookie leaders in many categories, we also know he is just scratching the surface of his potential in this league. We’re very happy that Colin will be a Senator for the next six years.”
Originally a first-round pick by Ottawa in 2015, White joined the Senators in 2017 after two seasons with Boston College.