Paetsch back for Griffins in 2013-14

After re-signing three players who were key to their Calder Cup victory in 2012-13, the Grand Rapids Griffins have extended the contract of defenceman Nathan Paetsch.

Last season, in his return to North America after a season in Germany with the DEL’s Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg, Paetsch had 31 points (4-27) for the Griffins in 70 regular season games. In the playoffs, the 30-year-old added another 11 assists in 24 games. The contract extension is a sign of confidence in the leadership the journeyman can bring to the roster.

An NHL regular from 2006 to 2010, Paetsch has struggled to find the form that made him a 24 point player in 2006-07, and as such has found himself bouncing around the minors. After his four year stint with the Buffalo Sabres, Paetsch has only appeared in ten NHL games, all with the Columbus Blue Jackets. In those ten games, Paetsch failed to register a single point.

His 2010-11 campaign saw him spend time with both the Rochester Americans and Syracuse Crunch where he put up 20 points (9-11) in 43 games before leaving for Europe.

Paetsch’s deal with Grand Rapids is a one-year AHL contract.

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