Norfolk Admirals‘ undrafted 4th year, tough left wing John Kurtz(12) was rewarded last season with his first NHL contract from parent club Anaheim Ducks for his consistently edgy play in the minors with their affiliate clubs.
The 6’2″ 206 lbs. forward was further endorsed by the parent club as he received a one-year extension for 2014/2015.
He’s on pace this season to set AHL career highs in all categories, which may not put him tops on the team in scoring, but for a player that is looked to as protection for their more gifted scoring prospects it’s a nice increase.
Although he will likely spend the entire current campaign with the farm club, it appears he’s being readied for a recall to flex some muscle in the big league.
At only 24-years old he wears an “A” on his jersey serving as one of the alternate captains.
He was captain for his final pair of seasons in junior hockey with Sudbury Wolves, so proven leadership is an important part of his game.