Saturday, September 18, 2010

2010-2011 WBS Penguins Free-Agent Acquisitions

With the 2010-2011 season rapidly approaching, what better time to get to know the new potentially new players in the WBS Penguins system.

Chris Collins5’8” | 202 lbs | Forward | Shoots Left |
Collins spent his last two professional seasons playing in Germany with the Augsberg Panthers.  During those two seasons he posted 79 points (37G, 42A) and 150 penalty minutes over 80 games.  Despite playing the past two seasons overseas, Collins is no stranger to the AHL. As a member of the Providence Bruins, Collins notch 43 points (24G, 19A) in 99 regular-season games from 2006-2008.

Ryan Craig – 6’2” | 220 lbs | Center | Shoots Left |
You can never have enough depth at center, Shero adding more depth down the middle by signing Craig to a two-way deal in July. Craig spent the last 4 seasons in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization. Craig is no stranger to the NHL either with 32 goals and 31 assists in 184 NHL games. Last season Craig played in 73 games scoring 23 goals and added 22 assists with Norfolk in the AHL.

Jason DeSantis – 5’11” | 185 lbs | Defense | Shoots Right |
DeSantis played two years with the Philadelphia Phantons before he played overseas last season with Liberec Bili Tygri HC in the Czech Republic.  Last season with Liberec Bili Tygri HC DeSantis recorded five points (2G, 3A) and 10 penalty minutes in 14 games.

Andrew Hutchinson – 6’2” 198 lbs | Defense | Shoots Right |
Hutchinson was major contributor to the Texas Stars last season.
He posted nine goals and 38 points during the regular season and was a big factor in the Calder Cup playoffs where he posted 16 points (5G, 11A ) in 21 games during their Calder Cup Finals run.  Hutchinson also has 135 games played in the NHL between Nashville, Carolina, Tampa Bay, and Dallas.

Andrew Orpik6’3” | 200 lbs | Forward | Shoots Right |
By now you probably realized that Andrew Orpik is Brooks Orpiks’ brother. Beyond that you probably don’t know much else about him.  Orpik spent most of last season with the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL where he posted 22 points (10G, 12A) and 38 penalty minutes in 35 games. Orpik posted five points in 22 games in the AHL last season with the San Antonio Rampage, (1G, 4A).

Corey Potter – 6’2” | 195 lbs | Defense | Shoots Right |
One of many veteran depth signings, Potter is one of 3 free-agent acquisitions who spent time in the NHL. Potter played in eight career NHL games with the New York Rangers, recording two points (1G, 1A). Potter also has plenty of AHL experience playing in 246 games and posting 102 points (21G, 81A)

Brett Sterling – 5’7” | 175 lbs | Left Wing | Shoots Left |
His numbers don’t lie…
263 points (144 goals, 119 assists) in 254 AHL games. Sterling is a HUGE offseason signing for an AHL team. In WBS, he may be the biggest named free agent signing ever in the history of the team.  Sterling is another off season pickup who has NHL experience in his resume as he played in 19 games with Atlanta over two seasons notching four points (2G, 2A).

Ben Street – 5’11” | 185 lbs | Center | Shoots Left |
Street completed his collegiate career last year with the University of Wisconsin. He put up 30 points (14G, 16A) in 43 games for the Badgers

Geoff Walker – 6’3” | 225 lbs | Right Wing | Shoots Right |
Walker split time last season with the Ontario Reign of the ECHL and the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. Walker has a big frame and a decent wingspan. Last season Walker posted 14 points (5G, 9A) in 37 games with Manchester and 23 points (7G, 16A) in Ontario.

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