Paul Crowder(11) Wheeling Nailers
4th year undrafted center Paul Crowder(11) started the season in Austria’s Erste Band Eishockey Liga with Znojmo Ovli HC but got injured half a dozen games into the season and was put on waivers.
No problem as the 27-year old returns for a third ECHL season with Wheeling Nailers, where he has found a home and a good deal of success in addition to being named team captain last season.
In 94 regular and postseason games, he struck for 31 goals and 50 assists and had just joined the team when they made their Kelly Cup run that took them to the Eastern Conference Final.
The 6’3″ 203 lbs. forward started his career signed to a one-year entry level deal with New York Rangers but played his entire rookie season in the AHL with Hartford Wolf Pack.
He failed to get a call-up in his sophomore year but was recalled by Manchester Monarchs for 5 games in last season.
He definitely has size to his advantage but even if he’s playing on an energy line should show more of a flare for scoring like he does in the lower league.