The Bridgeport Soundtigers added Defensemen Steve Oleksy on a Professional Tryout Offer (PTO) this afternoon to add to a defensive Corp already missing Mark Katic and in need of some extra depth with Benn Olson banged up.
Standing 6'1 and 195 pounds, the Chesterfield, Michigan native fits into the average size of the Bridgeport defense and is more a grit player than a puck moving helper. Most impoortantly, he's healthy. While a short-term signing, Oleksy will provide useful minutes as Olson gets healthy.
Oleksy comes to Webster Bank Arena by way of the ECHL's Idaho Steeleheads where he enjoyed his best professional season last year notching 21 points in 55 games. This season he's picked up an assist and 20 PIM in 5 games for the Steelheads. He's being added to be a fighter more than he's being added for his offensive prowess.
Oleksy has tallied 17 games in the AHL prior to this season recording 4 assists in those games for the Lake Erie Monsters and picked up another in 3 playoff games last spring.
Michael Fornibaio of the Connecticut Post also mentioned that Alaska is sending another player to the Soundtigers if C Chris Langkow is unable to go, F Dan Kissel. Kissel's PTO was announced on the Bridgeport homepage this morning.
The Notre Dame grad and Crestwood, IL native comes from the Alaska Aces and Coach Thompson's former tutelage. Though he's small (5'9 and 178 pounds according to Hockeydb), he put up pointsin the ECHL last year to the tune of 46(20 G and 26 Assists) in 72 games, splitting time between Gwinnett and Alaska. It will be interesting to see how Kissel adjusts to the AHL. Some small guys excel, others, not so much.
A more in-depth look at the Sound Tigers start a bit later on today.
(post photo courtesy of the Greenwich Library, by way of a google image search)