Kalamazoo, MI- After bolstering their defense a week ago, the Kalamazoo Wings
have elected to focus primarily on their offense with the signing of forwards Bryan Cameron
, Ryan Del Monte
and Yanni Gourde
and defenseman Ian Saab
An agitating crease crasher, Cameron joins the K-Wings after spending last season with the Utah Grizzlies
and San Francisco Bulls
A four-year pro, Cameron posted a combined 47 points (20 goals, 27 assists) with the two Western Conference teams.
A third round draft pick (82nd overall) of the Los Angeles Kings
in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Cameron commenced his pro career during the 2010-11 season with the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Heat
An offensive juggernaut in junior hockey, Cameron averaged a point-a-night in four of his five seasons in the OHL.
Spending a majority of his career in either the AHL or in the top leagues of Europe, Del Monte is poised to return to North America.
Last season Del Monte notched 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in 42 games in Germany with the Rosenheim Star Bulls.
While he has never donned the red, white and blue of the K-Wings, the upcoming season marks the second time the forward has signed with Kalamazoo.
During the 2011-12 season, Del Monte, who signed a contract with the team in the offseason, went to the AHL training camp of Worcester and spent the entire season with the Sharks.
Del Monte brings championship experience to the K-Wings’ locker room. He was a member of the Cincinnati Cyclones
2010 Kelly Cup Championship team.
The native of Mississauga, Ontario spent his collegiate career at Brock University, where he average over a point-a-night for Badgers.
Del Monte has also played four seasons of junior hockey, including two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sarnia Sting
Ready for his second professional season, Gourde joins the K-Wings after spending last season in the AHL with the Worcester Sharks
and in the ECHL with the San Francisco Bulls
With the Bulls, Gourde exploded with 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in just eight games. The native of St. Narcisse, Quebec spent the majority of last year with the Sharks, where he notched 14 points (8 goals, 6 assists) in 41 contests.
After concluding his fourth-year of junior hockey, Gourde began his pro career at the end of the 2011-12 season by recording three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in three games with Worcester.
Two seasons ago Gourde was nominated for the Michel-Briere Trophy awarded to the QMJHL MVP as well as the Marcel-Robert Trophy for the Scholastic Player of the Year. During that campaign, Gourde was spectacular as the forward rang up a league-high 124 points (37 goals, 87 assists) for the Victoriaville Tigres
Adding size to an already solid defensive core, Saab comes to Kalamazoo for his first full season of professional hockey. The 6’2”, 192 pound defenseman played eight pro games last season in Austria.
A physical defenseman, Saab has logged 674 minutes in five seasons of junior hockey.
Saab started his junior career in the Maritime Junior Hockey League (MJAHL) playing for the Halifax Lions. Following his time with the Lions, Saab spent four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) splitting time with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
, Lewiston MAINEiacs and the Saint John Sea Dogs