The Blades announced another signing yesterday. Defenseman David Fisher was the 20th player selected in the first round of the NHL entry draft by the Montreal Canadiens. He spent the last four seasons playing for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. First, links to his prospect report and at Hockey's Future and a (poorly) translated story about the source of some of his struggles. Now, his stats:
Now, an interview after his first collegiate goal:
I have to admit I was very surprised by this signing. If you remember Craig Brush said in an interview that he was done signing players, so this signing was obviously a shock. My guess is either he wasn't on the radar until the Canucks cut him from their prospect camp or one of the prospects Brush was expecting from our affiliates won't be coming.
Of course, there is also the possibility that he doesn't expect one of the players we have under contract to return from the AHL camps they were invited to. The Norfolk Admirals, our new AHL affiliate, invited several players to camp. Shea Guthrie, Phil Paquet, Mitch McColm, Alexandre Imbeault, Francis Lemieux, and Bobby Raymond, all received invite. Also, Mike Egener and Kevin Deeth received invites to the Oklahoma City Barons and Chicago Wolves respectively.
I know I seem to say this a lot, but we really won't see until the season starts. Camp and the upcoming alumni game on Tuesday should at least give us a good idea.