Blue Jackets Sign 2021 25th Overall Pick D Corson Ceulemans to Three-year Entry-level Contract Starting in 2023-24

By Coby Maeir on March 7, 2023 at 4:15 pm
Corson Ceulemans carries the puck in the Wisconsin vs. Ohio State hockey game.
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The Blue Jackets announced Tuesday that they've signed 2021 25th overall pick defenseman Corson Ceulemans to a three-year entry-level contract that begins in the 2023-24 season. He's also signed a professional tryout contract (PTO) with the AHL's Cleveland Monsters for the remainder of the 2022-23 season. 

“Corson Ceulemans is an outstanding young defenseman who excels at both ends of the ice and we are thrilled that he is beginning his professional career this spring,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in the team's release. “He combines size and strength with excellent mobility and a knack to produce offensively and we are excited about his future with our organization.” 

Ceulemans, 19, just finished his sophomore season at the University of Wisconsin, recording 8-15--23 in 33 games this season and 7-15--22 in 34 games in 2021-22 as a freshman.

While he won't be eligible to play in the NHL in 2022-23, Ceulemans will be able to play in the 18 remaining games for the Monsters where he'll get his first taste of North American professional hockey.