Roster Slowly Taking Shape – Pens Sign Ryan Haggerty
September 8, 2016
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Sort of out of the blue Thursday afternoon was the announcement that the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins signed forward Ryan Haggerty to an AHL deal for the 2016-17 season.
Haggerty, an RPI product, will be entering his third year as a professional. He played 36 games for the Rockford IceHogs last year before going down with an injury. He had one playoff game with the IceHogs, who were swept in the first round by the eventual champion Lake Erie, now Cleveland Monsters.
Prior to playing with Rockford, Haggerty played all 76 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack two seasons ago. He was 9-4-13 last season with Rockford and 15-18-33 with Hartford two seasons ago.
Seth dug up the following:
I did not have Haggerty listed in the Top 100 on the AHL Big Board project from this past summer. He was a restricted free agent not tendered a qualifying offer.
I think the change of scenery will be good for a player of Haggerty’s caliber. Think about it. A durable player that played all 76 games for Hartford gets moved to Rockford, gets injured and not tendered a qualifying offer. He could have bolted overseas. He chose to stay in North America and come to Wilkes-Barre and will most likely be a key player this upcoming season.
Time will tell. I have updated my Offseason Moves List.