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Sabres Select Five On Second Day of 2018 NHL Draft

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DALLAS — The Buffalo Sabres selected five players on the second day of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas. These five selections join Buffalo’s first-round pick, defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, to complete the team’s 2018 draft class, which includes one forward and five defensemen.

Buffalo began the day by selecting defenseman Mattias Samuelsson (6’4”, 218 lbs., 3/14/2000) with the first pick of the second round, No. 32 overall. Samuelsson spent the 2017-18 season with the USA Hockey NTDP, where he finished second among the team’s defensemen with 31 points (11+20) in 58 games. He also served as Team USA’s captain during the 2018 IIHF World U18 Championship, helping to lead his team to a silver medal en route to being named one of the top three players on his team.

The Philadelphia native was ranked as the No. 21 North American skater according to NHL Central Scouting. He is the son of Kjell Samuelsson, who played parts of 14 seasons in the NHL and won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992.

With their first of two fourth-round picks, the Sabres selected Matej Pekar (6’0”, 170 lbs., 2/10/2000) at 94th overall. Pekar was named USHL Rookie of the Year in 2017-18 after he tied for the rookie league lead with 54 points (14+40) in 56 games for the Muskegon Lumberjacks. His 40 assists led his team and ranked fourth among all USHL players. A native of Turnov, Czech Republic, Pekar also represented his country twice last season, helping the Czechs finish second at both the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and the 2018 IIHF World U18 Championship.

Buffalo’s second fourth-round pick, No. 117 overall, was spent on defenseman Linus Lindstrand Cronholm (6’1”, 172 lbs., 7/3/2000). Cronholm spent most of last season playing for Malmo’s U20 team in Sweden’s SuperElit League, where he posted six assists in 37 games. He also appeared in 18 games for Malmo’s U18 team and recorded 16 points (6+10) and a plus-8 rating.

The Sabres continued to add to their blue line with the first pick of the fifth round, taking Miska Kukkonen (6’0”, 198 lbs., 6/19/2000) with the 125th overall selection. Kukkonen, a native of Jokioinen, Finland, has recorded 12 points (3+9) and a plus-6 rating in 36 games for Ilves of Finland’s junior league during the last two seasons.

In the seventh round, Buffalo took defenseman William Worge Kreu (6’6”, 172 lbs., 5/15/2000) with the 187th overall selection. Kreu spent most of his 2017-18 campaign playing for Linkoping’s U20 team in Sweden’s SuperElit League, where he recorded 14 points (3+11) and a plus-6 rating in 38 games. He also scored two goals in nine games for Linkoping’s U18 squad and made his SHL debut, playing one game for Linkoping’s senior team.

In addition to Buffalo’s selections, the team also acquired a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Buffalo’s sixth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Islanders Draft Day 2 For 2018

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By Warren Kozireski — The New York Islanders opened their second round by selecting big defenseman Bode Wilde from the U.S. National Development Program. They picked right wing Oliver Wahlstrom and defenseman Noah Dobson back to back in the first round.

Wilde, a 6’2”, 198 lb. right shot and former University of Michigan commit who will now head to the Ontario Hockey League, scored 12 goals with 29 assists along with 63 penalty minutes in 59 games this past season.

“Super excited; it’s a pretty great feeling,” Wilde said in the media room. “The two years (with the Program) was huge for me. I made incredible strides in my game and I was really fortunate that I got the opportunity to play there.

“I’m a big offensive defenseman, defend hard and can bring a physical aspect to the game and play with an edge. I play with a lot of passion.

“I think this (the Islanders) is a great place for me. They have some incredible players and good group of draft picks this year and some already in the system so I think it’s going to be pretty special.”

They followed with small forward Ruslan Iskhakov, a 5’7”, 152 lb. Russian center who will play for the University of Connecticut this fall. He dished out 24 assists in 33 games for CSKA 2 in the Russian Junior League along with 11 points in 14 games for the Russian U-18 team.

6’3”, 192 lb. Czech goaltender Jakub Skarek was taken in the third round 72nd  overall.

“It’s a great feeling to be here—I was a bit nervous before the draft, but I think that’s normal,” Skarek said in the media room. “It is a great honor to be a part of this great organization.

Skarek played with Jihlava in the Czech league and finished with a 2.41 goals against average and a .913 save percentage playing against player much older. He has signed to compete in Finland’s top league next year with Lahti. And he has already participated in two World Junior tournaments with another he hopes on the horizon in Vancouver in December.

“I think I need to improve every part of my game if I want to be part of (the) NHL, but I have great coaches and great players around me so I will do my best to improve those skills and be ready.

They went with an NHL pedigree in the fourth round (103rd overall) in USNDTP center Jacob Pivonka, son of former NHLer Michael Pivonka.

In the fifth round, Saginaw left wing Blade Jenkins was taken 134th overall. He is coming off a 20 goal, 44 point OHL season after leaving the USNDTP after just one season. The 6’1”, 195 lb. left wing was born in Michigan.

“Probably the aspect of just being able to produce and show what kind of player I am,” Jenkins said about his decision to transfer to the Spirit. “And the playmaking ability and goal scoring that I can have, so I think it was beneficial for me.

“For me (getting drafted) is something special. It’s something you really worked on your whole entire life and to be able to make that dream become a reality is really truly special.

And they went back to the NHL pedigree with their seventh and final selection (196th overall) with USHL defenseman Christian Krygier. He is the son of former NHLer Todd Krygier and twin of Cole, who went five picks later to Florida.

Playing for Lincoln, the 6’2”, 192 lb. registered eight assists in 48 games with 137 penalty minutes. He is committed with his brother to lay at Michigan State this fall.

“The whole draft, I don’t think we could be happier with how it turned out,” new General Manager Lou Lamoriello said on the draft floor. “We got three quality defensemen all 6’3” and all different dimensions, a goaltender who our department is excited about and four forwards all with different dimensions as far as skill, size and strength.

“So what I’ve think we’ve done is put players into our system and they are all in different areas whether it is college, junior so we can decide what the development process is.”

Cornell Defenseman Alex Green Selected By Lightning In 2018 NHL Entry Draft

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ITHACA, N.Y. – After a solid collegiate debut as a major contributor on the nation’s top defensive team, Cornell sophomore defenseman Alex Green was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the fourth round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

“It’s great for Alex and his family,” said Mike Schafer, the Jay R. Bloom ’77 Head Coach of Men’s Hockey at Cornell. “I’m sure that he will work extremely hard to prove Tampa Bay right and that he will be deserving of an NHL contract down the road.”

Green was immediately installed onto one of the Big Red’s top two defensive pairings last season, most often alongside two-time All-Ivy League selection Yanni Kaldis. Despite the early thrust into pivotal moments of games in all situations (power play, even strength and short-handed), Green thrived en route to two goals and eight assists for 10 points over 29 games and a plus-9 rating.

Both of his goals came in crunch time of close games. The first came during Cornell’s four-goal burst in the third period of a 5-4 win over Niagara on Nov. 21, and the second proved to be the Big Red’s final goal in a rally for a 3-3 tie Jan. 12 at Yale.

“We knew that with the interest he was generating through the course of the year, he’d be drafted somewhere,” Schafer said. “It says a lot about Alex, because he worked extremely hard to develop his game after being passed over by teams in last year’s draft.”

Having turned 20 earlier this week, Green became the first Cornell player to be drafted after his collegiate debut since John McCarron ’15 and Joakim Ryan ’15 – the latter of which just turned in a very successful NHL rookie season with the San Jose Sharks.

Green becomes the 74th player to appear for Cornell to be selected in the NHL draft. With the upcoming addition of freshman Misha Song – a New York Islanders pick in 2015 – the Big Red has been represented in each of the eight NHL drafts with a total of 14 players selected over that stretch.

Islanders Go For Offense In The First Round

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By Warren Kozireski – Dallas, TX —

New General Manager Lou Lamoriello and head coach Barry Trotz entered their first draft at the helm of the New York Islanders and were able to snag two players ranked seventh and fifth among North American skaters back-to-back at 11th and 12th overall respectively.

Right wing sniper Oliver Wahlstrom from the U.S. National Development Program was the 11th overall selection in the first round of the NHL Draft held in Dallas.

The 6’1”, 205 lb. Massachusetts native tallied 47 goals and 45 assists over 60 games with the Program and added seven goals with nine points in seven games at the U-18 championships.

“It’s a dream come true and to be in New York—that’s city is awesome,” Wahlstrom said to assembled media in Dallas. “This organization or a powerhouse so I can’t be more happy.

“I think I can bring a lot of offensive flair and I’m a kid that likes winning, so I’m going to raise a Stanley Cup for this organization. The talent that they are bringing in is very exciting and I’m very fortunate to be a part of it.”

He is scheduled to join Boston College this fall.

The Islanders next went for offense from their defense in 6’3”, 179 lb. Noah Dobson from Acadie-Bathhurst in the Quebec Major Junior League.

The Prince Edward Island native netted 17 goals with 52 assists in 67 games this past season in the traditionally high scoring league,

“As a kid you dream of getting drafted in the NHL so to be with friends and family it is a humbling feeling,” Dobson said.

“I bring a two-way, puck moving game and very reliable defensively where I can play against the other team’s top players and at the same time get up in the rush and create offense.

“I haven’t really set a timetable for myself for when I want to be in the NHL, but my goal this summer is to add some strength where I can go into an NHL camp with the Islanders this September and be able to compete against men and make the decision tough for management to send me back to junior.”

(NHL.com photo)

Rangers Select Three In First Round of 2018 NHL Entry Draft-

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By Warren Kozireski — Dallas, TX –

The New York Rangers went with a high-end, physical forward in Russian Viatli Kravtsov with their first of three first round draft selections and then focused on defense trading up with Ottawa to get K’Andre Miller and grabbed Swedish defenseman Nils Lundkvist 28th overall. It marked the first time in team history the team has had (kept) three first round draft picks.

Kravtsov is a 6’2, 183 lb. right wing who made a great late impression scoring six goals and 11 points over 16 playoff games with Traktor in the KHL postseason.

“I’m so happy; I’ve worked for this,” he said with an interpreter in the media room at the NHL Draft in Dallas. “I am a playmaker with passing and shooting skills.”

His contract ends after this coming season when he can consider coming to North America.

Miller, heading to the University of Wisconsin this fall, is a 6’4”, 205 lb. forward-turned defenseman who scored nine goals with 20 assists in 58 games and added three points over seven games at the U-18 World Championships.

“It means the world to have a team want you that bad that they basically trade for you,” the Minnesota native said about the Rangers dealing their 26th pick in the first round and one of their two second rounders (48th overall) to Ottawa to move up four spots.

“My heart dropped and I looked over to my mom and she started crying, so it was pretty emotional but I’m happy I got experience that with her and excited to be a Ranger.

“I’ve only played defense for the last two years, but I’m really hard to play against in the defensive zone, but every once in a while I like to use my offensive abilities from playing forward most of my life.”

And Lundkvist, projected as a late second-rounder, became one of 14 defensemen selected in the first round at 28th overall. At 5’11” and 174 lb. he is the blueliner many NHL teams now look for—quick skating and willing to jump into the offense.

He played with Lulea in Sweden and dished out two assists in seven games at the U-18’s against his peers.

“I was so glad and a lot of emotions at the same time and really couldn’t believe that it happened, so I’m really glad,” Lundkvist said in the media room.

“I think I am a skilled two-way defenseman with great hockey sense and great skating.

When asked if he had a timetable for leaving Sweden, he said, “I need to develop a lot I think—I’m pretty young and pretty small.”

The Rangers have one selection in Saturday’s second round (39th overall), two in the third and one pick in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds.

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Cicero, NY Native Farabee Selected 14th By Philadelphia Flyers

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By Warren Kozireski — Dallas, TX –

U.S. National Development Program forward and Cicero native Joel Farabee was projected in most pre-draft rankings to go in the middle of the first round, and that he did—14th overall to Philadelphia.

“It’s just awesome—I really don’t have any words for it right now, but it’s really cool to be a part of such a great organization,” Farabee said in the media room at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in Dallas.

“I’m not going to lie; coming into the draft I wanted to go 14 to Philly, so I think it’s really cool for that to happen. I really liked their interviews—I talked to them a few times—and my dad (Dave) actually is from Philly, so I grew up watching the Flyers.”

The second of five players drafted in the first round to come through the USNDTP, Farabee is a two-way forward who is committed to play at Boston University this fall.

“Hockey IQ, playmaking ability along with two-way is something I pride myself on. Definitely like scoring goals, but definitely hate getting scored against; it’s kind of my motto.

“I think I’m pretty light (weight) right now, so putting on some weight in college and work on playing down low and I think that will help me.”

The 6’0”, 168 lb. left wing scored 31 goals and 71 points over the 58 games junior schedule and added four goals with four assists in eight game with Team USA at the U-18 world championships this past season.

“Up to this point it’s been pretty stressful and to hear my name called was definitely a relief and I’m really excited. The hard work starts again Monday and hopefully one day I’ll be able to play for this club.”

Sabres Select Rasmus Dahlin First Overall In 2018 NHL Entry Draft

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BY WARREN KOZIRESKI – DALLAS, TX —

To the surprise of absolutely no one, the Buffalo Sabres made Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin the first overall selection in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in Dallas. Dahlin becomes the third Sabres to be selected first overall along with Gilbert Perreault and Pierre Turgeon.

The 6’2”, 183 lb. left shot finished this season with seven goals and 20 points playing against men with Frolunda and added six assists with a silver medal over seven games at the U-20 World Junior tournament in Buffalo. He was also one of the youngest players on any roster for the Winter Olympics in Korea.

“Yeah, it’s amazing,” Dahlin said in the draft media room. “I’ve been like finally, yeah, put on the Buffalo Sabres jersey. I’ve been there twice and I love that city. I can’t wait to get everything started. I was kind of nervous. It was amazing when I heard my name.

Dahlin brings an offensive skillset to the Sabres blueline. There are multiple videos of him online making fore-checkers look silly as he danced around them with the puck.

“That’s a fun style to play, but if he was saying that we are playing a slow game, I would do that, too. I will do whatever the coach says.

The native of Trollhatten, Sweden is looking forward to the fans in the city of Buffalo, especially after two trips there over the past six months.

“Yeah, they are great fans. I heard so many great things about them. Like they love hockey in that city and I can see that, when they come to me, they know me and I don’t even play in the NHL. So they probably love hockey. I’ve heard so many great things about them. I’m super excited to meet all the fans.

“It’s not the biggest city but I came from a small city, so I’m used to that size, so that’s amazing.”

Asked if he thinks he can make an impact next season, he responded, “I really hope so. I will try 100 percent to do that.”

(Photo By Janet Schultz)

Beauts Agree To Terms With Three

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Beauts today announced the team has agreed to terms with forward Jordan Juron, defenseman Jacquie Greco and goaltender Julia DiTondo.

Juron (5’8”, 6/5/1994) returns for her second season with the Beauts after making her NWHL debut with the club last season. The Latham, New York native appeared in two games in 2017-18, finishing with a goal and an assist. Before joining the Beauts, Juron attended Boston University (Hockey East) from 2012 to 2016, recording 40 points (15+25) in 141 career contests.

“’I am so excited to be back on the ice for the Beauts for a full season,” Juron said. “Buffalo is my new home and I can’t wait to make the fans proud.”

A native of Buffalo, the 2018-19 season will be Greco’s (5’7”, 5/30/1991) third as a member of the Beauts. Greco has three points (1+2) in 29 games for Buffalo over the last two seasons and has appeared in four playoff games. In 2017-18, she was the Beauts’ recipient of the NWHL Foundation Award, given annually to the players most actively applying the core values of hockey to their community. The Syracuse University (College Hockey America) alumna recorded 21 points (12+9) in 124 career games for the Orange and served as a tri-captain for the team during her senior season.

“I’m thrilled to be back playing for my hometown, Buffalo, in year three,” Greco said. “I know our team will feed off of the momentum from last season and finish with the outcome we want in 2019. I’m excited to play in front of the best fans in the league and to continue to inspire the next generations for our sport.”

DiTondo (5’10”, 10/3/1994) appeared in one preseason game for Buffalo last season, stopping all 13 shots she faced to earn a win. The Kenmore, New York native spent three seasons playing collegiately for Mercyhurst University (College Hockey America). During her career with the Lakers, she combined to go 5-2-0 with a .937 save percentage and a 1.33 goals-against average in 13 games.

Amerks Re-Sign Paetsch To One-Year AHL Contract

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(Rochester, NY) — Rochester Americans General Manager Randy Sexton announced today that the team has re-signed defenseman Nathan Paetsch to a one-year American Hockey League contract.

Paetsch returned for his third stint with the Amerks in 2017-18, posting nine assists and 16 penalty minutes in 22 games while serving as assistant captain. He also appeared in one playoff contest for Rochester during the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Prior to rejoining the Amerks last season, Paetsch spent five seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins. During his time in Grand Rapids, Paetsch helped the Griffins to five straight playoff appearances and two Calder Cup championships while also serving as team captain during the 2016-17 campaign.

A native of LeRoy, Sask., the 34-year-old Paetsch has appeared in 237 career games over parts of five seasons in the red, white and blue, recording 95 points on 21 goals and 74 assists. His best season as an Amerk came during the 2005-06 campaign when he posted career-highs in goals (11), assists (39) and points (50) to lead all Rochester defensemen and finish ninth among all AHL blueliners in scoring.

In his AHL career, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound veteran blueliner has amassed 254 points (50+204) in 630 career AHL games with Rochester, Syracuse and Grand Rapids while also adding 34 points (5+29) in 104 playoff contests. During the 2016-17 season with Grand Rapids, he became just the 18th player in AHL history to play in 100 or more Calder Cup Playoff games. Paetsch has also totaled 42 points (7+35) over 167 career NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Originally a second-round pick (58th overall) of the Washington Capitals in 2001, Paetsch was later acquired by the Buffalo Sabres in the seventh round (202nd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Canucks Sign Richard Bachman To A Two-Year Deal

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Utica, N.Y. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed goaltender Richard Bachman to a two-year, two-way contract.

Bachman, 30, posted a 13-13-5 record with a .902 save percentage and 2.98 GAA in 31 games played with Utica during the 2017-18 season. The 5’10”, 175-pound goaltender has played 92 career games with the Comets, posting a 43-36-13 record, a .903 save percentage and 2.80 GAA.

Bachman originally signed with Vancouver as a free agent on July 1, 2015. He was selected 120th overall by Dallas in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

NYSPHSAA Announces 17-18 Sportsmanship Promotion Banner Award Winners

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LATHAM, NY- The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) is proud to announce Columbia High School (Section 2), West Genesee High School (Section 3), Franklin High School (Section 5) and Islip High School (Section 11) as its winners of the2017-18 Sportsmanship Promotion program.

The award is presented to schools who have developed proactive approaches in keeping sportsmanship in the forefront with their students, coaches, spectators, and communities. A total of 231 schools submitted the Sportsmanship Promotion Survey to NYSPHSAA to be considered for the banner award. From that, 41 schools were chosen by their Sections as plaque winners. This year marks the 21th year that deserving schools have been recognized by the NYSPHSAA’s Sportsmanship Promotion program, all of which will be honored at the NYSPHSAA’s Central Committee Meeting Luncheon on July 24th in Lake Placid, NY.

ABOUT THE WINNING SCHOOLS:

Columbia High School – Section 2 (6th consecutive year)
On a daily basis, Columbia displays sportsmanship reminders with signage throughout the school to promote and encourage positive sportsmanship. All game supervisors, athletic trainers, and coaches are trained on how to handle unsportsmanlike behavior. Columbia also uses community service projects like their annual Teal Run, Adopt-A-Family, Adopt-A-Senior Citizen, and Winterfest programs to promote sportsmanship within their school.

“It is a great honor to receive this prestigious award for the 6th year in a row”, said Mike Leonard, Columbia Athletic Director. “Winning this award speaks to the high level of coaches, student-athletes, school and community we have. I am so proud of our coaches who take sportsmanship and leadership to the forefront of Athletics.”

Franklin High School – Section 5 (1st time)
Franklin won the 2018 Section Five Sportsmanship Award and are first-time winners of the NYSPHSAA Sportsmanship Promotion Banner. As part of the Rochester City Athletic Conference, Franklin upholds a tradition of allowing student-athletes to rectify an unsportsmanlike decision after appropriate consequences have been administered. They believe teaching sportsmanship is a learning process.
“Sportsmanship promotion has been at the center of our focus as an athletic program and we have implemented the simple premise where we treat others how we would like to be treated”, said David Boundy, Franklin Athletic Director. “Franklin’s sportsmanship promotion focuses more on creating a well-rounded student-athlete who is equipped with the moral fiber and ethics to be successful not only in athletics, but in life as well.”

Islip High School – Section 11 (1st time)
Unsportsmanlike behavior is addressed in the preseason and postseason at Islip. Students-athletes are expected to be school ambassadors and leaders. Some of the ways they promote positive sportsmanship include greeting opposing teams as they enter their school, honoring the visiting team’s senior players on senior night and thanking the officials after each game. They constantly strive to use the educational frameworks for athletics to minimize the potential risk of unsportsmanlike behaviors before they are exhibited.

“Being recognized for this award is a reflection of our community and the importance we take to ensure a respectful environment for all”, said John V. Sparacio, Islip Athletic Director.

West Genesee High School – Section 3 (2nd consecutive year)
The topic of sportsmanship is discussed during school’s preseason parent meeting and is part of both the athletic department and coach’s handbook. Prior to all games at West Genesee, a sportsmanship announcement is made to the teams and fans. Teams also engage in various fundraisers to promote sportsmanship such as the More Than a Game Foundation, American Heart Association, Friendship Cup Scholarship, and Upstate Cancer Center.

“The Sportsmanship Banner award reinforces the overall drive behind the Athletic Department here at West Genesee,” said Mike Burns, West Genesee Athletic Director. “We try to instill hard work, dedication, sportsmanship, fair play and giving back to the community within our student-athletes and when setting up their team goals. We want our student-athletes to take ownership of their actions and to represent our community in a positive manner.”

“We would like to congratulate all the banner award winners and all the schools that work hard to promote sportsmanship in our Association,” said Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “To have over 200 schools submit surveys to be considered for a banner this school year shows how important sportsmanship is throughout New York State.”

Previous Sportsmanship Promotion Banner Award Winners:
2017 – Columbia High School (Section 2)
West Genesee High School (Section 3)
2016 – Byram Hills High School (Section 1)
Columbia High School (Section 2)
Cooperstown High School (Section 3)
2015 – Columbia High School (Section 2)
2014 – Columbia High School (Section 2)
Carthage High School (Section 3)
2013 – Columbia High School (Section 2)

Canucks Sign Reid Boucher To One-Year Deal

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Utica, N.Y. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed forward Reid Boucher to a one-year, two-way deal.

Boucher, 24, split the 2017-18 season between Vancouver and Utica, recording five points (3-2-5) in 20 games played with the Canucks. He led the Comets in scoring with 46 points through 45 games played (25-21-46) adding 35 penalty minutes. In 132 career NHL games with New Jersey, Nashville and Vancouver, the Lansing, Michigan native has tallied 20 goals, 22 assists (20-22-42) and 18 penalty minutes.

The 5’10”, 195-pound forward was named Comets MVP this past season and received AHL Player of the Month honors in January after leading all players with 14 points (9-5-14) through 11 games. Boucher also participated in the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic.

Boucher was acquired by the Canucks from waivers on January 4, 2017. He was selected 99th overall by New Jersey in the 2011 NHL Draft.

Devils Ink Ryan Schmelzer to AHL Contract

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BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Devils announced that the club has signed forward Ryan Schmelzer to a one-year, American Hockey League contract. The announcement came today from Binghamton’s General Manager, Tom Fitzgerald.

Schmelzer, 24, racked up 106 points (40 goals, 66 assists) and a plus/minus rating of +46 in four seasons at Canisius College. The 6-foot-2, 183-pound forward was named the American Hockey Association’s Best Defensive Forward, to the Second All-Conference Team, and captured the Regular Season Championship in 2016-17. This past season, Schmelzer was named to the Third All-Conference Team and served as the team’s captain.

Following his collegiate career, the East Amherst, New York native had seven points (two goals, five assists) in seven regular-season games with the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder. In 17 playoff games, Schmelzer helped lead the Thunder to the Eastern Conference Final with 17 points (nine goals, 8 assists).

Comets Sign Forward Cam Darcy To A One-Year Extension

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Utica, N.Y. – Utica Comets General Manager Ryan Johnson announced today that the club has signed forward Cam Darcy to a one-year extension.

Darcy, 24, skated in 46 games with the Comets last season registering a career-high 24 points (6-18-24) after signing a PTO on October 5 and an AHL contract on November 30. In addition, he tallied three points (1-2-3) in five playoff games.

The South Boston, Mass. native has appeared in 136 AHL games between the Comets and Syracuse Crunch, totaling 43 points (13-30-43).