GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League announced that they have signed Atlantic City center Derek Edwardson to a professional tryout. Edwardson is scheduled to make his AHL debut on Wednesday at Cleveland.
Among ECHL rookies, the 23-year-old Edwardson is first in scoring with 30 points and plus-minus rating with +16 and tied for the lead in shorthand assists (2) and shorthand points (3). He is tied for second with 17 assists and nine power-play points while ranking third with 13 goals. Overall in the ECHL, he is second in the scoring race and second in plus-minus rating (+16) in 26 games while helping Atlantic City to a league-leading 36 points and 16 wins and first place in the North Division of the National Conference.
In his first professional season, Edwardson was named CCM Vector Rookie of the Month award for November after he led Atlantic City with eight goals and tied for the league lead with 18 points during the month, scoring a point in all but three games as the Boardwalk Bullies went 10-2-1.
In four seasons at Miami University (Ohio), Edwardson scored 120 points (38g-82a) in 135 games, including career highs as a senior with 17 goals, 31 assists and 48 points in 41 games.