COLUMBUS, OHIO – Former Buckeye captain Nate Guenin has signed a one-year, two-way NHL-American Hockey League contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets, general manager Scott Howson announced Friday.
Guenin, 27, has registered two assists and six penalty minutes in 14 career NHL games with Philadelphia and Pittsburgh during his four-year professional career. Last season, he appeared in two games with the Penguins and combined to tally 5-13-18, 98 penalty minutes and was +11 in 68 AHL games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Peoria Rivermen, including 2-11-13, 35 penalty minutes and +14 in 27 games after joining Peoria. He has collected 12-49-61, 431 penalty minutes in 275 career AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Peoria and Philadelphia.
The Sewickley, Pa., native played two seasons with Green Bay of the United States Hockey League, under new Buckeye head coach Mark Osiecki, before being the third pick, 127th overall, of the New York Rangers in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He played the next four seasons at Ohio State, registering 6-47-53 and 400 penalty minutes in 151 games from 2002-06, serving as team captain as a senior and as an alternate captain as both a sophomore and junior. As a junior in 2004-05, Guenin earned second team All-CCHA honors after notching 2-12-14 and 136 penalty minutes in 41 games.
R.J. Umberger, a Pittsburgh native like Guenin, was the first former Buckeye to play for the Blue Jackets and is entering his third year with the CBJ. He has played in 392 career NHL games with Philadelphia and the Blue Jackets, posting 98 goals, 119 assists and 217 points. An alternate captain for the Blue Jackets last season, he played in all 82 games and had a 23-32-55 line.