Thursday, August 30, 2007

Top prospect Comrie signs with Saginaw

The Saginaw Spirit have announced the signing of defenseman Adam Comrie.

The former USHLer was selected by the Spirit in the ninth round of the 2006 OHL Priority Selection.

“Adam brings a great size and presence to our roster and adds a valued asset to our defense,” stated Spirit GM Don Edwards. “He is an exceptionally gifted player with tremendous mobility."

“He is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound defenseman with all the tools,” stated Spirit head coach Todd Watson. “He is an excellent skater and puck handler with an outstanding hockey sense. We look forward to his continued development with the team.”

Comrie has the distinction of being chosen in both the OHL Priority Selection and in the USHL Entry Draft - he played with the USHL Ohio Junior Blue Jackets at the start of the 2006-2007 season. Comrie tallied six goals, four assists and 28 penalty minutes in 19 games for the Blue Jackets, including a game-winning overtime goal in the Blue Jackets’ inaugural game and first franchise win. By December, Comrie was the Blue Jackets’ leading scorer and had the most power-play goals and highest shot percentage in the league.

Comrie was traded to the Omaha Lancers in early December, where he accumulated a goal, six assists and 27 PIM in 38 games. He notched one goal and three assists in his first two games with the Lancers, earning him the league’s player of the week honors. By the end of the season, the Lancers had moved from a last-place team to division champions and Comrie had posted the highest shot percentage in the league for a defenseman. He finished out the season with a total of seven goals, 10 assists and 55 PIM.

Comrie is a highly anticipated prospect for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He was invited to participate in the USHL Jamboree, an event where NHL scouts can watch and interact with the best prospects in the league. He was the only 16-year old that attended the event. The USHL Jamboree is the equivalent of the CHL Top Prospects game.

"Scouts from all parts of the world of hockey agree that Adam Comrie is a special defenseman that could be a cornerstone to the future success of the Saginaw Spirit,” stated Spirit president and managing partner Craig Goslin. “Adam has the talent, work ethic, character and integrity of the type of player that we want to build our program around. We are thrilled to give our fans the opportunity to watch his development occur here in Saginaw over the next few years both on and off the ice."

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