Zach Werenski signed a six-year, $57.5 million contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday that will begin next season.

It has an average annual value of $9.58 million through the 2027-28 season.

"The city of Columbus has been so good to me, it's close to home (in Michigan) and my family, and as I thought about it, it was really a no-brainer," Werenski said. "I'm a Blue Jacket. I want to continue to be a Blue Jacket and do everything I can to bring a Stanley Cup here."

The defenseman, who turned 24 on July 19, scored 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 35 games this season. He did not play after April 8 because of a sports hernia that required surgery.