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Senators sign goaltender Driedger, forward Thompson to entry-level contracts

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OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators have signed goaltender Chris Driedger to a three-year entry-level contract and forward Garrett Thompson to a one-year entry-level contract.

Driedger, a 19-year-old Winnipeg native, was the Senators' third-round selection (76th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft.

He recently completed his fourth season of major junior hockey with the Western Hockey League's Calgary Hitmen, ranking fifth among league goaltenders in save percentage (.918) and tying for seventh in wins (28).

The six-foot-three, 200-pound goaltender has earned a record of 94-46-15, including eight shutouts, over 170 career WHL games with the Hitmen and Tri-City Americans.

Driedger surpassed current Los Angeles Kings' goaltender Martin Jones to become the Hitmen's all-time saves leader when he made his 3,375th stop for the club in Calgary's 7-4 home win over Brandon on Feb. 1.

Thompson had a team-high 16 goals and added 16 assists in 42 games this season with the NCAA's Ferris State Bulldogs.

In four years with the Bulldogs, the 24-year-old native of Traverse City, Mich., recorded 87 points (42 goals, 45 assists) over 139 games.

Prior to attending Ferris State, the six-foot-two, 191-pound, winger spent three seasons with the Traverse City North Stars of the North American Hockey League, where he scored 40 goals and added 40 assists in 121 games.

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