The Evansville IceMen set to make their formal unveiling as members of the ECHL in 2012-13 have announced on this date the assignment of a grand total of six players from their newest affiliation connection of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League and the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League.
Returned to Evansville were IceMen ECHL-signed player personnel, defenseman Jesse Perrin and right wing Tyler Shelast. Arriving for the initial time at their new hockey address is a quartet of players presently under contract to the Blues organization. The four players include goaltender Paul Karpowich, center Brett Sonne, right wings Cody Beach and Tyler Shattock.
Perrin, the CHL Arizona Sun Dogs lone plus player and All-Star in 2011-12, and Shelast had been invited to the Peoria training camp as an integral part of the Evansville affiliation agreement with parent club St. Louis. Shelast saw service with a various number of ECHL clubs last season after coming off a star-studded campaign one season earlier in 2010-11 with the CHL Quad City Mallards.
Concerning the other four players now in the IceMen stable; Karpowich, 23, recently completed an auspicious pro debut two-game pre-season series in the IceMen goal at Fort Wayne. The former Clarkson U. standout and seventh round pick of the Blues in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, posted a 2(1-0-1) mark, grudgingly surrendering only 3-GA for a GAA of a thrifty and nifty 1.94 GAA and .948 SPCT.
Beach, 20, also made his pro premiere in Sunday's IceMen outing in Fort Wayne. The 6-5, 200lb fifth round choice, 134th overall of St. Louis in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft was the Moose Jaw Warriors of the major junior 'A' WHL's second top point producer last season with 58(15-41-56) as his 41-assists and 229-PIM both topped the team.
Sonne, 23, is embarking on his fourth pro season, having performed his first three seasons with the Blues AHL Peoria farm club. Last season in 70-games; 70 (8-9-17) with 40-PIM. In three full seasons with the Rivermen; 209-games; 24-goals; 26-assists; 50-points; 118-PIM. In his fourth and final season in the major junior 'A' WHL with the Calgary Hitmen, Sonne attained the coveted century-point plateau with 62(48-52-100) and a superlative +39 rating. He is 6-0, 200lb and a former third round pick, 85th overall by the Blues in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Shattock, 21, is launching his third pro campaign, having spent in his previous two pro seasons as well in Peoria. Selected in the fourth round, 108th overall by St. Louis in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Shattock was 65(7-8-15) with 20-PIM. His two-year totals with the Rivermen; 132-games; 10-goals; 20-assists; 30-points; 80-PIM. The 6-3 205lb forward assembled two consecutive 30-goals seasons in the WHL with Kamloops in 2008-09 and Kamloops and Calgary in 2009-10.
All six players are expected to be in the lineup when the IceMen ECHL unveiling formally transpires on opening night, Saturday night, October 13th when the hometown team plays host to their in-state archenemies, the Fort Wayne Komets in a 7:15 pm face-off at the fabulous Ford Center.