The Chicago Wolves announced Sunday that Jake Chelios and Gergo Nagy have been added to the roster while Zach Pochiro, Ryan Tesink, and Dmitrii Sergeev were recalled andSamuel Blais, Jaedon Descheneau, and Chandler Yakimowicz were released.
CHELIOS and NAGY were recalled from loan to Kalamazoo (ECHL). Forwards POCHIRO and TESINK and defenseman SERGEEV were recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL). Forwards BLAIS, DESCHENEAU, and YAKIMOWICZ were released from their Amateur Tryout contracts (ATO).
CHELIOS, 24, contributed three points (G, 2A) in eight regular-season games and two points (G, A) in four postseason tilts for the K-Wings, who were eliminated from the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Saturday. The defenseman registered 15 points (G, 14A), 32 penalty minutes, and a -7 plus/minus rating in 41 games with the Wolves this season.
The Bloomfield Hills, Mich., native is in his first full season as a professional after a four-year career at Michigan State University. He made a brief appearance in the pro ranks at the end of last year, posting one assist in four games for the Wolves and two points (G, A) in seven games with Toledo (ECHL).
NAGY, 25, ranked as the K-Wings’ second-leading scorer this season with 54 points (18G, 36A), 26 penalty minutes, and a +6 plus/minus rating in 56 games. He carried that momentum into the postseason with five points (2G, 3A) in five contests. The forward skated in six games with the Wolves early this season, handing out two assists.
The Dunaujvaros, Hungary, native was held scoreless in two games with Chicago last season, his AHL debut. He spent a majority of 2013-14 with Quad City (CHL), posting 54 points (20G, 34A) in 64 games during his first season playing pro North American hockey.
POCHIRO, 20, recently completed his third season with Prince George in the WHL. In addition to the 147 points (61G, 86A) and 297 penalty minutes he has accrued in 169 regular-season games, he has contributed six points (4G, 2A) in five postseason matchups. He spent time with the Wolves late last season and during training camp and has skated in 17 ECHL games, posting four assists, with Kalamazoo (2013-14) and Alaska (2014-15).
The Las Vegas, Nevada, native was selected by the St. Louis Blues with their third selection, 112th overall, in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
TESINK, 21, skated in his first pro season this year with Alaska (ECHL), posting 11 points (2G, 9A) in 36 games. Prior to that he spent four seasons in the QMJHL with Saint John (2010-13) and Blainville-Boisbriand (2012-14), recording 152 points (51G, 101A) in 183 regular-season games and 32 points (18G, 14A) in 54 postseason games. He also has spent time with the Wolves, both late last season and 2014 training camp.
The Saint John, New Brunswick, native was selected by the St. Louis Blues with their seventh selection, 162nd overall, in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
BLAIS, 18, enjoyed a career year with Victoriaville (QMJHL), posting 82 points (34G, 48A) in 61 games and another five (2G, 3A) in four playoff games. In total he has registered 96 points (38G, 58A) in 86 regular-season QMJHL games spanning two seasons (2013-15) and six points (2G, 4A) in eight postseason tilts.
The Montmagny, Quebec, native was selected by the St. Louis Blues with their ninth selection, 176th overall, in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
DESCHENEAU, 20, is coming off his fourth WHL season, all of which he spent with Kootenay. He has compiled 271 points (111G, 160A) and 158 penalty minutes in 263 career WHL games spanning four seasons. In addition he tallied 31 points (15G, 16A) and 12 penalty minutes in 29 postseason tilts.
The Edmonton, Alberta, native was selected by the St. Louis Blues with their seventh selection, 124th overall, in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
SERGEEV, 19, joins the team following his second OHL season with Kitchener, during which he more than tripled his offensive production. He has recorded 37 points (7G, 30A) in 103 regular-season games and two assists in six playoff games with the Rangers.
The Chelyabinsk, Russia, native was signed by the St. Louis Blues as a free agent on Sept. 28, 2014.
YAKIMOWICZ, 19, completed his second OHL season with London, having produced 40 points (16G, 24A) and 140 penalty minutes in 96 games. He appeared in 19 postseason contests, recording four points (3G, A). Prior to joining the OHL, he trained with the United Stats National Development Team.
The Kingston, Pennsylvania, native was selected by the St. Louis Blues with their eighth selection, 172nd overall, in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
The Chicago Wolves open the 2015 Calder Cup playoffs with a best-of-five series against the Utica Comets. The teams start their Western Conference Quarterfinals series at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Allstate Arena.
April 18th will be Gift of Hope Night at the Allstate Arena when the Wolves take on Milwaukee at 7pm. The mission of Gift of Hope is simple: to save and enhance the lives of as many people as possible through organ and tissue donation. They did so by providing a record 1,024 lifesaving organs for transplant in 2014, and provided life-enhancing tissue for more than 50,000 people.
The Chicago Wolves have captured the Amtrak Rivalry trophy again as they clinched the 2014-15 series with their 4-1 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals on April 10.