By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
He's played more than 200 games in the American Hockey League, won a championship in Italy and now Jordan Knackstedt will play his first game in the ECHL as a Condor.
The team announced the signing of Knackstedt (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) on Wednesday. "We had been in search of a right-shot, right winger, and a guy who would be a good fit for us," Condors coach Troy Mann said. "He's just 24 (turns 25 later this week), but has plenty of AHL experience and won a championship over in Italy. He's a big body with soft hands and brings that physical edge that we're looking for our lineup."
The signing brings to 21 the number of players on the Condors roster as they prepare to start training camp Oct, 4. That number will be buoyed by about 10 training camp invitees and several players expected to be assigned to the team by the Edmonton Oilers.
Drafted in the seventh round of the 2007 NHL entry draft by Boston, Knackstedt played 209 AHL games with Providence (R.I.) and Rochester (N.Y.) amassing 92 points (38 goals, 54 assists.)
Knackstedt spent the last two seasons in Europe, winning a championship with Italy's HC Bolzano in 2011-12. He led the team in regular-season scoring with 53 points (18 goals, 35 assists) in 42 games and playoff goals with 10 in 12 games.
"I had been looking to come back to North America and the combination of the coaching staff and city seem like a good fit," Knackstedt said. "I'm good friends with (Joel) Broda and played with (Chris) Collins so it helps knowing guys coming into a new team. I consider myself a skilled winger who sees the ice well, and will stick up for my teammates."