The Winnipeg Jets have been busy over the past week as the club announced they have re-signed core players belonging to the St. John’s IceCaps organization. Goaltender Eddie Pasquale, defencemen Zach Redmond and forward Eric O’Dell have all agreed to contracts which will see them once again in an IceCaps uniform next season.
22-year old Eddie Pasquale has been a fan favourite in St. John’s since the IceCaps moved to Newfoundland 2-years ago. Night in and night out, chants of “Eddie, Eddie” could be heard ringing throughout Mile One Centre, especially during the 2011-12 season when Pasquale lead the team to the Eastern Conference Finals. During that season, Pasquale posted a 23-12-1 record, 2.41 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. Due to his great performance, Pasquale was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team and was named the IceCaps top rookie.
Last season, Pasquale went 15-23-4 with a 2.79 GAA and a .907 save percentage. Pasquale also spent some time in Winnipeg as well last season when Jets’ backup Al Montoya fell to injury, but Pasquale failed to see any ice time during his time there.
The terms of the contract for Pasquale were released as a one-year, two way contract worth $575,000. The Toronto, Ontario native was drafted in the 4th round, 117th overall, in the 2009 NHL Draft.
24-Year old Zach Redmond was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 7th round, 184th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
The Hoston, Texas native has been a pillar on the St. John’s IceCaps blueline since the club moved to St. John’s back in 2011, as he has been clocking top ice time and shutting down opponent’s offence night in and night out.
In 113 American Hockey League games between the Chicago Wolves and the IceCaps, Redmond has 16 goals and 50 points with 71 penalty minutes.
Last season, Redmond made his NHL debut with the Winnipeg Jets, appearing in eight games where he scored 4 points (1G, 3A). His first career NHL-goal came on, February 7th 2013 against James Reimer of the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, on February 20th, Redmond had his season cut short when he was rushed to a hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina to repair a laceration to his right femoral artery and vein after being cut by a teammates skate.
The terms of Redmond’s contract are a one-year, two way contract worth $715,000.
Finally, the IceCaps rounded out the week by re-acquiring forward Eric O’Dell.
O’Dell was a bright spot on a disappointing, injury-prone IceCaps' team last season as they failed to make the playoffs after playing in the Eastern Conference finals only a year ago.
The 23-year old, Ottawa, Ontario native suited up for 59 games with the IceCaps last season where he put up 29 goals and 55 points along with 26 penalty minutes. In fact, O’Dell’s 29 goals were 14 more than anybody else on the team. He also led the team in goals, assists, points, and power play goals. As well, O’Dell holds the IceCaps record for most franchise goals and points.
In 101 career AHL games between St. John’s and Chicago, he has 41 goals and 77 points. O’Dell was originally drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round, 39th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft.
The terms of O’Dell’s contract are a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000.
No doubt IceCaps fans will be pleased to have the trio back on the ice next season as they all play a major role in leading the team and securing wins.