If you were among those who had been fretting about a lack of defensive depth on the St. John’s IceCaps’ roster, those concerns might have been addressed Friday as the IceCaps and parent Winnipeg Jets announced the signing of three defenceman who are pegged to play in St. John’s during the 2014-15 American Hockey League season.
One of the three is familiar to IceCaps’ fans; that would be 27-year-old Kris Fredheim, who appeared in 48 games for St. John’s last season, registering five points (one goal, four assists), a plus-eight rating and 48 penalty minutes.
The six-foot-two, 195-pound Fredheim has been signed to an AHL contract, as has 23-year-old Ralfs Freibergs, who is turning pro after two seasons at Bowling Green State University.
A native of Riga, Latvia, the undrafted Freibergs played in 37 NCAA games with the Bowling Green Falcons last season, putting up 22 points (three goals, 22 assists) and 51 penalty minutes. The five-foot-11, 190-pounder also played for Latvia at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the 2013 world championship and at two world junior championships (2009-10).
Meanwhile the Jets inked Julien Brouillette to a one-year, two-way contract worth US$600,000 at the NHL level.
The 27-year-old Brouillette was in the Washington Capitals’ organization last season, suiting up in 51 games with the AHL’s Hershey Bears, and also seeing his first NHL action, getting into 10 games with the Capitals and getting a goal and an assist.
Before his NHL debut, the five-foot-11, 185-pound Brouillette had played more than 450 games in the minors in the ECHL and AHL.