As I reported or rather, Tweeted, on Friday, the Stingrays were able to sign three former San Francisco Bulls players.
For those of you who don’t know, the Bulls folded their operations last Monday, making all their players free agents.
The players the Rays picked up are forward Dale Mitchell and defensemen Dylan King and Bulls captain Scott Langdon.
Those are three very solid pick-ups for the Rays that will help them down the road, especially if they stick around for the playoffs.
Mitchell will most likely have the biggest impact for the Rays. He’s a former draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs (3rd round, 74th overall pick) in 2007. Mitchell was having a good season in San Francisco with 11 goals and 12 assists in 25 games. He had 16 goals and 15 assists in 35 games with Reading during the 2011-12 season.
Here’s a link to a podcast interview with Mitchell on Sportsnet 590 The FAN out of Toronto. Look for the Jan. 30 podcast when you get to their homepage.
One of the things that lured Mitchell to the Stingrays was the fact that they are in first place in the Eastern Conference and he hopes that the Rays can make a long run in the playoffs. Mitchell played with Igor Gongalsky in juniors and I would think that helped in the recruiting process.
With this team, you figure Mitchell is going to be able to produce. Mitchell will be a welcome addition since Jack Downing left for Iowa on Monday.
As Joey Z tweeted out, Chad Painchaud returns from Norfolk. He is expected to be at practice Wednesday and in the lineup on Friday against Greenville. I’m eager to ask Chad what happened in Norfolk and why he only played in six games. Have heard different stories about that. Remember he was the Stingrays leading scorer 9 goals, 15 assists in 19 games before he left.
Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see what the lines will be against the Road Warriors.
Here’s some additional info on Mitchell, Langdon and King as provided by our own Joey Z:
Mitchell, 24, dressed in 25 games with the San Francisco Bulls (ECHL) this season scoring 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points. Currently in his fourth full professional season, the Mississauga, Ontario, native holds 65 contests of ECHL experience with the Bulls and Reading Royals, totaling 58 points (29 goals, 29 assists), and 62 American Hockey League game with the Toronto Marlies and Syracuse Crunch adding 16 points (seven goals, nine assists). In 2007, Mitchell was selected in the third round (74 overall) of the National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Langdon, 29, served as the San Francisco Bulls’ (ECHL) team captain this season and added seven points (three goals, four assists) in 40 games. The Ancaster, Ontario, product appeared in 222 career ECHL matchups over six professional seasons with Reading and San Francisco racking up 45 points (nine goals, 36 assists) and 471 penalty minutes.
King, 23, joins the Stingrays after netting three goals and nine assists for 12 points in 38 games with the Bulls. Last season, the Thessalon, Ontario, native battled in 69 contests with the Bulls totaling 11 points (two goals, nine assists). During his rookie campaign (2011-12), King was selected to the Central Hockey League (CHL) All-Star Game and All-Rookie Team as a member of the Allen Americans where he gathered eight points (four goals, four assists) and a plus-minus rating of +13 in 48 games.