Monday, May 10, 2010

Murovich, Crawford sign pro contracts

Saginaw Spirit alumni Tyler Murovich and Nick Crawford have signed professional contacts, with the AHL's Springfield Falcons and the NHL's Buffalo Sabres, respectively.

Murovich (top left) signed an American Hockey League contact with the Falcons, the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Pittsburgh native joined the Spirit as a free agent in the summer of 2007. He finished fourth in scoring with Saginaw last season with 24 goals and 28 assists for 52 points in 54 games. He also made his pro debut with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch in 2009-2010, averaging better than a point per game with two goals and four assists for six points in five games.

Crawford (top right) signed a three-year entry-level contact with the Sabres, the NHL club that drafted him 164th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The Caledon, Ont., native tallied 11 goals and 59 assists for 70 points in 68 games last season, including four goals and 17 assists in 19 games with the Spirit before being traded to the Barrie Colts in October. Crawford, who was selected by Saginaw 12th overall in the 2006 OHL Priority Selection, finished second in voting for the league's top defenseman.

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