24 September 2011

Wolves Get Six From Vancouver

The Vancouver Canucks have assigned forwards ALEX FRIESEN, PRAB RAI (PRAB RIGH), ANTON RODIN (ROH-dihn) and STEFAN SCHNEIDER and defensemen TAYLOR ELLINGTON and ADAM POLASEK(poh-LAH-shehk) to the Chicago Wolves.

The Vancouver Canucks have assigned forwards ALEX FRIESEN, PRAB RAI (PRAB RIGH), ANTON RODIN (ROH-dihn) and STEFAN SCHNEIDER and defensemen TAYLOR ELLINGTON and ADAM POLASEK(poh-LAH-shehk) to the Chicago Wolves.

FRIESEN completed his fourth OHL season with the Niagara IceDogs last year, recording career-highs with 26 goals, 40 assists and 66 points in 60 contests. His 26 goals and 66 points ranked fourth on the IceDogs, while his 40 helpers held fifth on the club. Overall, the 20-year-old forward posted 65 goals, 108 assists and 173 points in 230 career OHL contests with Niagara from 2007 to 2011.

RAI missed the entire 2010-11 season due to injury. He wrapped up a five-year WHL career with the Seattle Thunderbirds in 2009-10, where he set career-highs with 41 goals and 69 points in 67 games. Overall, the 21-year-old forward registered 98 goals, 120 assists and 228 points in 300 career WHL outings with Seattle and the Prince George Cougars from 2005 to 2010.

RODIN set professional career-highs with seven goals, 19 assists and 26 points in 53 outings with Brynas IF of the Swedish Elite League last season. His 19 assists ranked fifth on Brynas IF, while his 26 points held eighth on the team. The 20-year-old forward also accrued two points (G, A) in five postseason tilts last year.

SCHNEIDER tallied four points (2G, 2A) and nine penalty minutes in 47 American Hockey League games with the Manitoba Moose during his professional debut last season. He also appeared in three Calder Cup playoff matchups with the Moose last year.

ELLINGTON skated in 14 ECHL games with the Victoria Salmon Kings last season, posting three assists and 18 penalty minutes. The 22-year-old blueliner has notched 14 assists, 17 points and 67 penalty minutes in 67 career ECHL matchups with Victoria, spanning two seasons (2009-11). He also has accrued five points (2G, 3A) and nine penalty minutes in 20 career AHL outings with the Manitoba Moose, spanning two seasons (2008-10).

POLASEK completed his second QMJHL season with the Prince Edward Island Rocket last year, ranking second among team defensemen and sixth on the team with 39 points (7G, 32A) in 61 contests. His 32 assists were a career-high and paced team defensemen and ranked third overall on the squad. The 20-year-old defenseman amassed 60 assists, 80 points and 150 penalty minutes in 127 career QMJHL outings with Prince Edward Island from 2009 to 2011.

The Wolves open training camp in preparation for their 18th season at the Triphahn Community Center and Ice Arena in Hoffman Estates, on Mon., Sept. 26. For more information, or to buy tickets to the Wolves home opener against the Milwaukee Admirals on Sat., Oct. 15, at 7 p.m., presented by LifeSource, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit chicagowolves.com.