We would like to officially welcome D Matt Irwin and D Sebastian Aho to the organization.
For Irwin, we weren't sure if he were to comeback, but we still had his roster spot open and offered it back. He worked well here and was just fine as a depth defensemen for us, and feel he will be able to chip in here and there production-wise, which is what every top contender needs down the tough stretches of the season. Even though Irwin stirred the league up a bit, he seemed to like what we had to offer and we thank him for opening up to rejoining us for another two seasons.
We are very pleased to sign Sebastian Aho, as it has now been confirmed he is coming to North America and very dedicated to trying to play in the NHL - and that could very well happen sooner than some anticipate. There have been articles from overseas stating Aho's presence with Skellefteå AIK will be hard to replace, and some have said Aho's absence is irreplaceable at this point. Seeing those kind of words is a very positive uplift on a player that got passed over in the draft multiple times - he could very well be a diamond in the rough, and with us not having to use a draft pick to find that out or not, this is nothing but low risk, massive reward.
Jake Guentzel • Connor McDavid • Wayne Simmonds
Dylan Larkin • Bo Horvat • Mika Zibanejad
Pavel Buchnevich • Drake Caggiula • Richard Panik
Markus Hannikainen • Dominic Moore • Troy Brouwer
Roman Josi • Shayne Gostisbehere
Justin Schultz • Marco Scandella
Matt Irwin • Matt Benning
Jesse Gabrielle • Tyler Soy • Taylor Raddysh
Joachim Blichfeld • Colby Cave • Frederick Gaudreau
Denis Smirnov • Joni Ikonen • William Lockwood
Joona Koppanen • Chandler Stephenson • Patrick Bajkov
Thomas Di Pauli
Mitch Vande-Sompel • Erik Brannstrom
Sami Niku • Henri Jokiharju
Sebastian Aho • Darren Raddysh