4th year, former Nashville Predators‘ 2nd round pick in the 2009 draft (#42 overall) defenseman Charles-Olivier Roussel(55) has transferred his playing rights overseas hooking up with HC Banska Bystrica of the Slovak Extraliga.
He was previously signed for 2015/2016 and even played in 41 ECHL games scoring 2 goals and 18 assists with Norfolk Admirals.
But he must have still not found what he was looking for in a playing career so pack his bags, went elsewhere.
He’d played double A hockey previously with most of his skating time in his rookie year with Cincinnati Cyclones, putting up formidable numbers: 6 goals, 11 assists in 40 games with a +9 and another goal and 4 helpers in 17 postseason match ups.
Almost a bit ironically the mobile 6’1″ 205 lbs. d-man spent his entire sophomore campaign up with direct affiliate Milwaukee Admirals, although seemingly never signed to more than an AHL contract.
By all accounts it looked like the results were positive as he skated a career high 60 games getting 4 goals and 13 assists with a +6 rating and another 3 Calder Cup Playoff contests.
In 2014/2015 he started with Utah Grizzlies and things looked to be going ok but it only lasted 7 games before he was traded to Greenville Road Warriors.
His time there would last a bit longer at 19 games but on the day after Christmas he was suspended from his club.
Wasting little time he decided to head closer to home to finish out the year inking with Thetford Mines Isothermic of the LNAH.
He was a hit on the score sheet with 2 goals and 10 assists in 11 games, then another tally and 8 assists in the playoffs.
With 2 goals and 2 assists in 9 games in his newly adopted home, he’s off to a nice start. He may just stay.
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