While fans of the NHL’s Jets clamoured for moves to be made to help the big club, Winnipeg’s front office staff signed three forwards that will help out in St. John’s.
The Ice Caps, who finished in 14th place in the AHL’s Eastern Conference and in the bottom ten in goals for, will be adding three forwards to the mix next season. Forward John Albert, who was with the Caps last season, will be coming back, and will be joined by Andrew Gordon and Jerome Samson.
Last season, an injury shortened one for Albert, saw the 24-year-old forward put up five points (3-2) in 24 games. He’s still coming into his role in the AHL, and if he improves on his 27 points (9-18) in 64 games for the Caps in 2011-12, he’s a good addition for the squad.
In Gordon, the Ice Caps bring in an AHL vet that is a proven performer at the minor league level. His production since his outstanding 2009-10 AHL season with the Hershey Bears — in 79 games, Gordon has 71 points (37-34) — has dropped, but Gordon’s put up 264 points (126-138) in 349 career regular season AHL games.
Above that, however, is Gordon’s history of success. A two-time Calder Cup champion, Gordon will bring an understanding of what it takes to win to the Ice Caps.
Maybe the best signing of all, however, is the addition of Jerome Samson. At only 25, Samson has spent the majority of his pro career in the AHL. In 356 regular season games, Samson has put up nearly a point per game. With 133 goals and 147 assists, Samson can be a premier point producer for the Ice Caps if he comes back to the form he had in 2009-10, when he put up 78 points (37-41) in 74 games as a member of the Albany River Rats.
If all three — Samson, Gordon, and Albert — click, the Ice Caps could definitely dig their way out of the goalscoring basement.