It’s going to be tough to argue that any AHL team had a better free agent day than the Chicago Wolves.
In one day, the Blues have helped out their farm club by adding Alex Bolduc, Keith Aucoin, and, now, Mark Mancari.
While Bolduc and Aucoin have a serious chance to at least split time with the Blues, but Mancari, who has been a career AHLer, will help out in the minors.
Mancari, a seventh-round pick by the Sabres in 2004, signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Blues earlier today. The 27-year-old London, Ont. native — who has only suited up for NHL action 42 times in seven seasons — is an immediate impact player for the Wolves. Mancari, who towers at 6’4″ and 227 pounds, has the frame to be a dominant power forward. He’s never put the pieces together to make it full-time in the big leagues, but he’s been a stud in the AHL.
In 563 career AHL games, Mancari has tallied 203 goals and added 276 assists, making him a nearly point per game in his AHL career. Where Mancari really shines, however, is in the playoffs, where he has put up 9 goals and 23 assists in 32 games.
Mancari spent last season as an alternate captain with the Rochester Americans, racking up 22 goals and 39 assists. His career high 73 points came in 2009-10, when he potted 23 goals and 45 assists as a member of the Portland Pirates during their affiliation with the Buffalo Sabres.