The Gillis man announced today the official signings of forwards Tanner Glass and Guillaume Desbiens in addition to defenseman Mike Funk.
Funk we already took a look at and Glass was briefly talked about before the best summer bargain Mikael Samuelsson signing came down and blew his off the radar. But this is the first I've really heard of any legitimate Desbiens interest at the NHL level.
The 6’2", 205-lbs Desbiens was originally drafted by the Thrashers 116th overall in the 2003 NHL Draft. He appeared in 78 games last season with the Moose (21-26-47) and collected 158 PIMs.
Excluding this post, a search for the guy across all SBN hockey blogs reveals he was only in three, all by the Falconer at Bird Watchers Anonymous and the last related post was in July 2007 to which he wrote, at the time, "I like Desbiens but his skating isn't up to the NHL."
Sadly, this seems to echo what Hockey's Future had to say:
Desbiens is a physical forward who hits hard and is more than willing to drop the gloves. He has decent hands and is hard to move from the front of the net.
His skating must improve significantly for his potential as a fourth liner in the NHL to be realized.
Nevertheless, we shouldn't argue with a guy picked by the AHL executive of the year now should we? In fact all three fit the Gillis youth model just fine.
For the second day in a row, it's a good time to get excited about training camp. Now, about that need for a top four defenseman...
Update: Vancouver also signed 19-year old Kellan Tochkin to an entry level deal. The Abbotsford native, nicknamed Toch, lists Vancouver as his favorite team and Linden as his favorite player. I saw this signing floating around last night but wanted to see confirmation of it and I'll trust Capgeek (who also, by the by, has Hodgson listed as a roster player. Just sayin') Thanks to Smoboy41 for the head's up.