Bruins sign defenseman Button

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins announced today they have signed defenseman Ryan Button to an entry-level contract.

Button had five goals and 30 assists for 35 points in 69 WHL games this season with the Seattle Thunderbirds and Prince Albert Raiders. He was traded from Prince Albert to Seattle on January 10, 2011 in exchange for Charles Wells and a first round pick in the 2011 CHL Import Draft. The

20-year-old ends his junior career with 16 goals and 97 assists for 113 points in 265 games.

He joined the Providence Bruins on an amateur tryout agreement on March 29, 2011 and appeared in seven games with the P-Bruins, registering one


A 6-foot-1, 190-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta, Button was drafted by Boston in the third round (86th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.