EVERETT – The Everett Silvertips made a
pair of roster moves today to coincide with the return of defenseman
Mirco Mueller from the San Jose Sharks – with whom he signed a contract
Sunday – and forward Jujhar Khaira from the Edmonton Oilers. In order
to reach the CHL-mandated roster maximum of two Import players, the club
has released forward Waltteri Hopponen. The Silvertips have also
re-assigned forward Ty Mappin to the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
moves leave Everett’s current roster at 26 players (15 forwards, nine
defensemen and two goaltenders) entering the second week of the WHL
season. Mueller and rookie forward Ivan Nikolishin are now the two
Import players on Everett’s roster. Hopponen, meanwhile, will have an
opportunity to join the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States
Hockey League under former Silvertips’ Associate Head Coach and current
Sioux City General Manager/Head Coach Jay Varady.
returns to Everett after spending nearly three weeks with the Sharks,
first at the Young Stars Classic rookie tournament in Penticton, BC and
then at main training camp in San Jose. Selected with the 18th overall
pick in this year’s NHL Draft in New Jersey, Mueller then signed an
entry-level NHL contract with the Sharks before being re-assigned to the
Silvertips on Sunday.
also skated in the Young Stars tournament and then continued his NHL
stay at main training camp in Edmonton. He made his preseason debut for
the Oilers Saturday night, earning a primary assist on a Nail Yakupov
goal and posting two shots on net in Edmonton’s 5-2 win over Vancouver.
Selected by the Oilers in the third round (63rd overall) of the 2012
NHL Entry Draft, Khaira left Michigan Tech University this summer to
sign his entry-level contract with Edmonton. Everett acquired the WHL
rights to the Surrey, BC native in a trade with Prince George during the
2012 WHL Bantam Draft.
will spend his 17-year-old season at the Junior-A level with a club yet
to be determined in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. The Big Valley,
Alberta native recorded 17 points on five goals and 12 assists in 63
appearances with the Silvertips during his rookie WHL season last year.
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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