Blue Jackets sign defenseman Kukan from Swedish league

The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that defensemen Dean Kukan and Blake Siebenaler have agreed to entry-level contracts.

Kukan, 21, was never drafted by an NHL team, but he’s spent the last six seasons playing in Switzerland and, more recently, Sweden. He had three goals and 13 points in 52 games with Lulea HF of the top Swedish league in 2014-15. He’s also represented Switzerland in the last two World Championships. He’s listed as being 6-foot-2 and 209 pounds.

Siebenaler had 12 goals and 37 points in 66 contests with the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs this season. He added an assist in 11 playoff contests.

He was taken by Columbus with the 77th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Kukan’s deal will run for two years while Siebenaler was inked for three.

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