BY: Mitch Beck, Publisher – Howlings
With New York Rangers training camp likely to open in the next couple of days and rumors swirling that gold medal winning forward JT Miller and forwards Marek Hrivik, Michael Haley and that kid from Boston College…I think his name is Kreids… or something like that…as well as defenseman Matt Gilroy all possibly going to take part, the Connecticut Whale are going to need forwards for the time being. With that in mind, Connecticut has made their first move to compensate by recalling Andrew Yogan from the ECHL Greenville Road Warriors.
Yogan, who began the season with the Whale, has been with the Road Warriors since November 29th. In the 15 games he’s played, the 21-year old, who was taken by the Rangers in the 2010 NHL Entry draft (100th overall) has played in 15 games with Greenville logging nine goals and three helpers for twelve points. He has also spent 14 minutes in the isolation tank and sports a nice plus-5.
The Whale travel to Hershey for a pair of contests with the Bears in the Giant Center on Saturday and Sunday.
Yogan will be in the lineup for the Whale and looking to prove that the eleven games he played earlier this season that netted him but a single goal and 11 PIM was not nearly what he’s able to do for this franchise.
Depending upon what moves the Rangers make, there should be more bodies coming to Hartford.
The question is, will last season’s Captain Wade Redden be one of them?
Here’s the official release:
ANDREW YOGAN RE-JOINS WHALE FROM GREENVILLE
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Had 12 Points in 15 ECHL Games
HARTFORD, January 8, 2013: Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that forward Andrew Yogan has been reassigned back to the Whale from its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors.
Prior to being assigned to Greenville November 29, Yogan skated in 11 games for the Whale, scoring one goal and serving 11 minutes in penalties. In 15 games with the Road Warriors, the 2010 fourth-round (100th overall) New York Ranger draft pick scored nine goals and added three assists for 12 points, to go along with 14 penalty minutes and a +5 rating.
A 6-3, 203-pound native of Coral Springs, FL, the 21-year-old Yogan spent five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, with Windsor, Erie and Peterborough, prior to turning pro this year.