The Blue Jackets restocked the farm by inking two players from the 2012-13 Falcons to come back for another go ’round, and some goaltending help from Milwaukee.
Goaltender Jeremy Smith and forward Cody Bass are back with the club on one-year, two-way deals, while Ryan Craig has been re-upped for two years on a two-way deal.
Bass, drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the fourth round of the 2005 draft, spent a lot of last season watching from the sidelines with a shoulder injury. However, in his 18 games with the Falcons, the 26-year-old has 2 goals and 5 assists to go along with 54 PIM.
While not exactly the most talented offensively, Bass brings some sense of ice-general to the Falcons, and his leadership on- and off the ice has given him the alternate captaincy role with the team.
Smith, a 24-year-old Minnesota native, spent the entirety of the past three seasons — save one game in the ECHL — as a member of the Milwaukee Admirals. With the Ads, Smith played in 128 AHL games, with his career highs coming in 2011-12 where he posted a 2.17 GAA and .922 SV%.
In 2011-12, Smith also received AHL player of the week honours for the week of April 15.
Craig, the captain of the Falcons last season, rejoins the team for two more years after stints around the AHL. Prior to coming over to the Falcons, Craig had stints in Wilkes-Barre, Norfolk, and Hershey.
The former Brandon Wheat King’s captain, Craig was drafted in the eighth-round of the 2002 entry draft by the Lightning. Though he has had his chances in the big leagues (190GP, 32G, 31A), Craig is primarily an AHL level talent. With 458 games in the ‘A’ over the last 11 seasons, Craig brings a veteran presence and his new deal keeps the Falcons’ leader in the room for two more seasons.
In his AHL career, Craig has amassed 117 goals and 131 assists.