ICYMI: Wesley Signs with Canes, 15 Go Unsigned, Could Gruden be Back?

By: Bryan Thiel

With the NHL Draft now under a month away, another key date has come and gone when it comes to the prospect calendar.


Wesley announced his agreement with this photo via his Twitter (@JoshyWeso).

On June 1st, NHL teams had to determine the future of any players selected out of the CHL from the 2014 Draft class that they had yet to sign. They could either come to an agreement on an entry-level contract, or they could forfeit the rights of the player, meaning the player could re-enter the draft or (in some cases) become a free agent.


Niagara IceDogs defenceman Josh Wesley was the only player of the 16 approaching that deadline to come to an agreement with his NHL team. After an up-and-down year split between Flint and Niagara, the Carolina Hurricanes inked Josh to an ELC. He’ll now stay with the club where his father, Glen, won a Stanley Cup and is now Director of Defensemen Development.

Here are the 15 names that went unsigned.

Sidenote: The deadline does not apply to London’s J.J. Piccinich and Kingston’s Warren Foegele because they weren’t drafted out of the OHL, but transferred to the league after playing in the NCAA.

Free Agents (2015/16 Overagers):

Connor Chatham (New Jersey Devils – 3rd round, 71st overall) YOB: 1995

2015/16 – GP: 64 G: 17 A: 24 +/-: -12 (Split with WSR/Flint)

Jake Marchment (Lose Angeles Kings – 6th round, 157th overall) YOB: 1995

2015/16 – GP: 60 G: 25 A: 20 +/-: +14 (w/Erie Otters)

Matt Mistele (Lose Angeles Kings – 6th round, 180th overall) YOB: 1995

2015/16 – GP: 61 G: 33 A: 25 +/-: -6 (Split with OSH/SAR)

Candidates for Re-Draft

Alex Peters (Dallas Stars – 3rd round, 75th overall) YOB: 1996

2015/16 – GP: 55 G: 1 A: 1 +/-: -7 (w/Flint Firebirds)

Nick Magyar (Colorado Avalanche – 4th round, 93rd overall) YOB: 1996

2015/16 – GP: 49 G: 11 A: 9 +/-: +6 (w/Kitchener Rangers)

Ryan Mantha (New York Rangers – 4th round, 104th overall) YOB: 1996

2015/16 – GP: 65 G: 5 A: 20 +/-: -1 (w/Niagara IceDogs)

Brent Moran (New York Rangers – 4th round, 115th overall) YOB: 1996

2015/16 – W-L-OT: 13-25-4 GAA: 3.72 SV%: 0.834  (split with NIA/Flint)

Aaron Haydon (Dallas Stars – 6th round, 154th overall) YOB: 1996

2015/16 – GP: 65 G: 5 A: 12 +/-: +22 (w/Niagara IceDogs)

Kyle Pettit (Vancouver Canucks – 6th round, 156th overall) YOB: 1996

2015/16 – GP: 58 G: 10 A: 11 +/-: +12 (w/Erie Otters)

Christiano DiGiacinto (Tampa Bay Lightning – 6th round, 170th overall) YOB: 1996

2015/16 – GP: 63 G: 16 A: 26 +/-: +15 (w/Windsor Spitfires)

Chandler Yakimowicz (St. Louis Blues – 6th round, 172nd overall) YOB: 1996

2015/16 – GP: 52 G: 6 A: 5 +/-: -4 (w/London Knights)

Jaden Lindo (Pittsburgh Penguins – 6th round, 173rd overall) YOB: 1996

2015/16 – GP: 67 G: 14 A: 16 +/-: +3 (w/Owen Sound Attack)

Kyle Jenkins (Carolina Hurricanes – 7th round, 187th overall) YOB: 1996

2015/16 – GP: 62 G: 3 A: 33 +/-: +8 (w/Peterborough Petes)

Patrick Sanvido (Dallas Stars – 7th round, 195th overall) YOB: 1996

2015/16 – GP: 49 G: 1 A: 9 +/-: +21 (w/Windsor Spitfires)

Jacob Middleton (Los Angeles Kings – 7th round, 210th overall) YOB: 1996

2015/16 – GP: 68 G: 7 A: 24 +/-: +11 (w/Ottawa 67’s)

News and Notes:

-The Guelph Storm formally announced the acquisition of OA goaltender Liam Herbst Wednesday. Herbst has battled injuries since being drafted by London in 2012 and struggled last year after posting a 24-8-4 record in 2014/15. Herbst ultimately lost playing time to Leo Lazarev in 2015/16, who went 26-16-1.

-The Windsor Spitfires made a move Thursday, picking up Mike Baird from the North Bay Battalion. North Bay gets Windsor’s 4th-round pick in 2017, while the Spitfires get a physical presence in Baird, who wasn’t a member of North Bay’s playoff roster.

-The Hamilton Bulldogs have called a press conference for Friday morning, where it is expected that they will name a new Head Coach. Rumours are pointing to Former Flint Firebirds’ Head Coach John Gruden taking over in Hamilton.

Bryan Thiel is a freelance broadcaster who has covered the OHL from rink-side and the broadcast booth. He has also helped produce OHL features for the past four seasons. You can follow him on Twitter @BryanThiel_88.




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