Winnipeg Jets sign defenceman Julian Melchiori to entry-level contract

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets signed defenceman Julian Melchiori to a three-year entry level contract Friday.

Melchiori, 20, started the 2011-’12 season with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers, where he had two goals, 17 assists and 42 penalty minutes in 25 games.

He was acquired by the Oshawa Generals on Jan. 8 and has accumulated 17 assists and 22 penalty minutes in 25 games.

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The native of Richmond Hill, Ont., was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the third round, 87th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.