The Lehigh Valley Phantoms kept their busy offseason in full swing, signing forward Mark Zengerle and goaltender Martin Oullette to AHL-level contracts.
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Zengerle, 27, will provide scoring punch and depth for the Phantoms. The 5’11”, 185-lb. center had 9 goals, 38 assists, and 47 points for the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins last year (AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings).
Zengerle is also known for his highly-successful collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin, where he averaged over a point per game.
Oullette, 24, is a goaltender who has seen time with the Flyers organization over the past two seasons. The 6’2″, 194-lb. goalie has played in 17 career games for the Phantoms and 60 for the ECHL Reading Royals over the last two years.
Oullette is looking for more playing time, hence the AHL-level contract. He will likely vie for time along with Anthony Stolarz and Alex Lyon.
Interestingly, the Flyers did not bring in a veteran goalie to mentor the young Phantoms netminders, but they are confident that the three they’ve got can shoulder the load.
This offseason has been a busy one for the Phantoms, who have added many noted AHL standouts, including forward Andy Miele and defensemen Will O’Neill and T.J. Brennan.
When you factor in the addition of prospects Travis Sanheim, Nicholas Aube-Kubel, Radel Fazleev, and Oskar Lindblom, plus returning Phantoms Sam Morin, Mark Alt, and captain Colin McDonald, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms look locked and loaded for the 2016-17 season.