Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Schnell signs AHL deal with Penguins

The Saginaw Spirit has announced that forward Ryan Schnell has signed a one-way contract with the AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins – the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Additional terms of the contact where not disclosed.

“We are really happy for Ryan as he takes the next step in his hockey career,” stated Spirit coach-GM Todd Watson. “We wish him the best of luck this season.”

Schnell came into the Ontario Hockey League as a free agent, signing with the Spirit as a free agent in January. The 1989-born forward tallied two goals, four assists and 71 penalty minutes in 23 games for the Spirit last season.

The Cary, Ill., native was a free agent invite to the Penguins 2009 rookie camp and participated in their September 2009 prospect tournament. Schnell attracted the notice of the Penguins’ management during camp, as noted by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach Todd Reirden on

“Ryan Schnell has come in here and opened a lot of people's eyes with the elements that he brings to the game," said Reirden.

“Ryan Schnell is the perfect example as to why players come to our league rather than pursue other options,” stated Spirit president Craig Goslin. “We wish him all the best as he continues to pursue his NHL dreams.”

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