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Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has signed veteran forward Ryan Potulny to an AHL contract.
Potulny, a ninth-year pro, has spent the last three seasons with the AHL’s Hershey Bears. In 2013-14, after signing with the Bears December 22, the 6-0, 179-pound Potulny scored three goals and added seven assists for ten points in 38 games, also amassing ten penalty minutes. In his last full AHL campaign, 2012-13, he scored 41 points (19-22-41) and had 30 PIM in 66 games.
Originally a third-round draft pick (87th overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2003 out of the USHL, Potulny has skated in 126 career NHL games with the Flyers, Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators, totaling 22 goals and 27 assists for 49 points, along with 54 penalty minutes.
Potulny’s AHL career has spanned 408 games, with the Bears, the Philadelphia Phantoms, Springfield Falcons, Rockford IceHogs and Binghamton Senators. The former University of Minnesota Gopher has scored 150 career AHL goals and added 158 assists for 308 points, while serving 247 PIM.
The highlight of the 29-year-old Potulny’s AHL tenure was a Calder Cup championship with Binghamton in 2011. The Grand Forks, ND native led all AHL skaters in playoff points that spring, and tied for the league lead in goals, with 14-12-26 in 23 games. In 2008-09 with Springfield, Potulny scored a career-high 38 goals, good for third in the AHL, in 70 games, and also reached the 30-goal mark with Hershey in 2011-12, striking for a career-best 65 points (33-32-65) in 61 games.
Prior to turning pro, Potulny played three seasons (2003-04 through 2005-06) at University of Minnesota, garnering a total of 68 goals and 50 assists for 118 points in 99 career games. He led all Division I players in goals in 2005-06, and tied for the national points lead, with 38-25-63 in 41 games.
The Wolf Pack will open the home portion of their 2014-15 AHL season Saturday, October 18 at the XL Center. To speak with a Wolf Pack representative about season or group tickets, or any of the Wolf Pack’s many ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.