After over a decade in North America, Jim Vandermeer is heading to Switzerland to suit up with Kloten of the Swiss NLA.
Vandermeer, who made his name in the NHL with his size and rough style of play, came to the pros with the Philadelphia Flyers. An undrafted free agent, Vandermeer is probably best remembered for his 2005-06 season, post lockout, with the Chicago Blackhawks. As an alternate captain with the ‘Hawks, Vandermeer tallied 24 points (6-18) on a mediocre Blackhawks squad.
Vandermeer also went on to take on alternate captain duties with the Edmonton Oilers in 2011-12, but only spent one more season in the NHL with the Sharks after his one-year stint with the Oilers.
After spending last season with the Wolves, Vandermeer joins former AHLer Martin Gerber in Kloten.
Though he suited up in one game with the IceCaps last season, St. John’s native Zach O’Brien will be looking to become a familiar face in his hometown team’s lineup.
O’Brien, who spent last season with the QMJHL’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan, has been invited back to training camp with the IceCaps and is hoping to make an impression.
While O’Brien’s offensive skill is what makes him an intriguing prospect, the 21-year-old forward understands he has to round out his game in order to make his mark in the professional ranks. From the St. John’s Telegram:
My game is to bring some offensive skill, but I’m also willing to work hard and become more of a complete player because I know that’s what they want me to do. . . If I want to stick (at the AHL level), I know I have to prove I can play in the defensive end as well.
In 207 games in the QMJHL, O’Brien has tallied 132 goals and 145 assists, good for 277 points and 1.32 points per game.
At 21, O’Brien still has a ton of room to grow, and while he may not be able to stick in the AHL his offensive skill is hard to deny and you’d be hard pressed to find a team that couldn’t use that kind of production if he can carry it over to the AHL.
David McIntyre has signed a one-year AHL deal with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
McIntyre, 26, is entering his fourth year in the AHL. A fifth round draft pick of the Dallas Stars in 2006, McIntyre had his rights traded twice before landing a contract with the New Jersey Devils, but was traded just over a year later to the Minnesota Wild.
With the Wild, McIntyre would suit up for seven NHL games, and spend the bulk of his time with the Houston Aeros. With Houston, McIntyre scored 31 goals and 35 assists in 131 regular season games, adding another two goals and one assist in 9 playoff contests.
Likely, McIntyre will suit up on the second or third line for the Griffins. Most useful in a two-way role, he won’t ‘wow’ with his offensive talent, but he has the work ethic that will make him become a fan favourite.
In 235 AHL games –playoff and regular season combined – McIntyre has tallied 49 goals and 57 assists.
24-year-old centre Nicholas Tremblay has signed a one-year AHL deal with the Oklahoma City Barons.
Tremblay, drafted by the Boston Bruins in the sixth round of the 2008 draft, has only played in nine AHL games, but was a point per game player in the ECHL last season with the Bakersfield Condors.
In 29 games with the Condors, Tremblay posted 16 goals and 13 assists. The product of Clarkson University — Tremblay suited up in 143 games and tallied 88 points (33-55) — is entering his second full professional season.
The second division DEL team Starbulls Rosenheim have announced they’ve come to terms with Tyler McNeely.
McNeely, 26, split last season between the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays and the AHL. In 31 games in the AHL — four with Providence, 27 with Lake Erie — McNeely potted one goal and eight assists, scoring another 44 points (13-31) while in the ‘E’.
The former Northeastern University captain came to the AHL after finishing his four year tenure in the NCAA. McNeely’s career high AHL totals came in 2011-12 while a member of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. That season, McNeely tallied nine goals and 12 assists in 66 games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have come to terms with Cody Goloubef.
Goloubef, a 23-year-old blue liner who was drafted by the Jackets in the second round of the 2008 draft, has signed a one-year deal with the team.
A University of Wisconsin product, Goloubef has spent the last three years in the Blue Jackets system, and suited up in a career high 11 NHL games last season. In his AHL career, which spans 143 games, Goloubef has potted 11 goals and 33 assists.
In just 38 games with the Springfield Falcons last season, the 6-foot-1 defenceman tied a career high with five goals, and fell four points short of tying his career high in points (17).
After spending a season with the DEL’s Iserlohn Roosters, Colin Stuart has signed a one-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks.
Stuart, 31, has plenty of AHL experience and he will bring that to the Utica Comets when he suits up for them next season. Since being drafted in the fifth round of the 2001 draft by the Atlanta Thrashers, Stuart has spent nearly his entire pro career in the ‘A’, suiting up with the Chicago Wolves, Abbotsford Heat, Portland Pirates, and Rochester Americans.
In his nine AHL seasons, Stuart has played in 531 games, tallying 105 goals and 119 assists. The 6-foot-2, Rochester, Minn. native came to the AHL after spending four seasons at the NCAA’s Colorado College, where he put up 38 goals and 39 assists.
A member of the 2007-08 Chicago Wolves, Stuart contributed six points (3-3) on that run.
His contract with the Canucks is a one-year, two-way deal.
British Columbia natives Mike Santorelli and Zach Hamill have signed deals with the Vancouver Canucks.
Santorelli, a 27-year-old Vancouver native, comes to the Canucks by way of the Winnipeg Jets. In ten games with the Jets last season, Santorelli failed to score a goal, but did register an assist. On a deep Canucks team, there is a possibility he could crack the big league roster, but in all likelihood he will suit up with the Utica Comets in 2013-14.
Over his career, Santorelli has suited up in 238 AHL games, scoring 85 goals and assisting on another 109. A 2008-09 AHL All-Star, Santorelli tallied 27 goals and 43 assists in 70 games that season.
Hamill, the eighth overall pick in the 2007 draft, has never quite lived up to his billing. In five pro seasons, however, the centre has been able to play a big role in the ‘A.’ After four seasons in Boston Bruins organization — where he suited up in 20 NHL games — Hamill was dealt to the Capitals for Chris Bourque.
During 40 games in Hershey in 2012-13, Hamill posted 11 goals and 11 assists, but was dealt midway through the year to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Casey Wellman. Hamill would post another nine goals and 15 assists after his stint with the Bears, which included 18 points with the San Antonio Rampage and six with the Milwaukee Admirals.
In 328 regular season AHL games, Hamill has scored 63 goals and added 120 assists, with another 12 points (3-9) coming in 29 playoff contests. Hamill will suit up with the Utica Comets next season.
Michael Davies, who spent 57 games with the Chicago Wolves last season, has signed another one-year AHL deal with the club.
Davies, a 26-year-old from Chesterfield, Miss., has spent the last three seasons in the AHL with brief stints in the ECHL in between. In his three years with the Wolves, Davies has suited up in 167 games and tallied 34 goals and 35 assists.
After moving on from his four years at University of Wisconsin, Davies signed a tryout deal with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, but failed suit up in a game or stick with the Islanders top affiliate. As a free agent in 2010-11, Davies was inked to a deal with the Chicago Wolves. In his rookie pro season, Davies spent 49 games with the Wolves, registering 20 points (8-12) and another eight games in the ECHL, scoring two goals and tallying five assists.
This past season, Davies posted career highs in goals (15), assists (10), and points (25) in the AHL. The 5-foot-8 forward is entering his fourth pro season.
Elliotte Friedman has reported that Ludwig Karlsson prepared to sign a deal with the Ottawa Senators.
Karlsson, 22, spent last season with Northeastern University and scored five goals and three assists in 17 games. By signing a deal with the Sens, Karlsson voids his NCAA eligibility and would likely join the Binghamton Senators.
The Stockholm native spent two seasons with Northeastern, and came to North America in 2009-10, joining the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers. In his two seasons in the USHL, Karlsson — no relation to Ottawa defenceman Erik — scored 24 goals and 51 assists in 137 games, as well as helping the Gamblers to a Clark Cup as league champions.
A member of the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2011-12, the 6-foot-2, 194 pound forward scored 34 points (15-19) in his 49 game NCAA career.