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Ducks Re-Sign Poturalski; Sign Lettieri And Welinski
By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks re-signed forward Andrew Poturalski per his agent Stephen F. Reich and brought back defenseman Andy Welinski per Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The Ducks also signed forward Vinni Lettieri per The Hockey Agency.
Poturalski signed a 1-year/2-way deal for $700,000 NHL/ $350,000 AHL per Cap Friendly. He played in 17 games last season with the San Diego Gulls. He registered 7 total points(2 Goals + 5 Assists). He also had 8 penalty minutes and had an on-ice rating of 0. He has a good hockey IQ by being in the right place at the right time to score offensively. He is a good passer and can set up his linemates with chances to score. He has been able to produce at the minor league level, but it’s unclear if he can be effective at the NHL level yet.
Welinski signed a 1-year deal for $750,000. He played in 21 games with the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms last season. He registered 21 total points(8 Goals + 13 Assists). He also had 10 penalty minutes and an on-ice rating of +2. He had spent the three previous seasons with the Anaheim organization playing for both the Ducks and San Diego Gulls. He is a good puck-moving defenseman with some offensive upside. He has decent size being 6’1 and weighing around 201 pounds. He also right-handed shooting defensemen, which the Ducks could always have more of on their roster. He will likely spend more of his time in San Diego next season.
Lettieri signed a 1-year/2-way deal for $750,000 NHL / $425,000 AHL per Cap Friendly. He is a restricted free agent. He appeared in 46 games with the New York Rangers during the 2018-18 and 2018-19 seasons. He registered 8 total points(2 Goals + 6 Assists). He had 14 penalty minutes and an on ice-rating of -19.
He played in 67 games last season with the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack. He registered 47 total points(25 Goals + 22 Assists). He had 46 penalty minutes and had an on-ice rating of -4. He brings a solid two-way game and is also a goal-scorer especially on the power play. He is versatile as he can also play wing and center. He was listed as one of the top-ranked AHL free agents and could possibly see some time in Anaheim as a bottom-six forward. Otherwise, he will add depth to the Gulls, who lost a handful of players that weren’t re-signed this week.
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October 9th, 2020