Ottawa Senators lock up first round pick Curtis Lazar

Vernon's Lazar inks three-year entry-level NHL contract with Ottawa Senators.

Vernon's Curtis Lazar (middle)

Vernon's Curtis Lazar (middle)

Vernon’s Curtis Lazar has signed his first pro hockey contract.

Lazar, who was selected 17th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the NHL Entry Draft in June, inked a three-year entry-level contract with the Sens on Tuesday.

No details were released, but the standard first-year money for a first-round pick is $925,000.

“I separated my shoulder first day of main camp (bumped by veteran Colin Greening) so I have been recovering,” Lazar told The Morning Star. “Hopefully, I can get back on the ice soon and get into a pre-season game or two.

“The contract is awesome. The hard work starts now, but knowing the team has faith in me goes a long way. The way I play the game is quite similar to how the Senators play so it works out for both of us.”

The 18-year-old centre is entering his third full season with the Western Hockey League’s Edmonton Oil Kings.

The hard-working 6-foot, 196-pounder had 38-23-61 and 47 penalty minutes in 72 games last season, helping the Oil Kings return to the WHL final against the Portland Winterhawks.