Carolina Acquires Walser From Columbus

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes announced that they acquired former Johnstown defenseman Derrick Walser and a fourth-round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft from Columbus in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The Florida Everblades are the ECHL affiliate of the Hurricanes and the Lowell Lock Monsters of the American Hockey League.

The 27-year-old Walser played for the Berlin Polar Bears of the Deutsche Elite League in 2004-05, finishing with 23 points (9g-14a) in 50 regular season games and eight points (4g-4a) and 20 penalty minutes in 12 postseason games.

In his first professional season in 1998-99, the 5-10 and 195-pound Walser scored 20 points (8g-12a) in 24 games with Johnstown and 10 points (3g-7a) with Saint John of the AHL. He returned to Johnstown in 1999-2000 and had 43 points (17g-26a) and 104 penalty minutes in 54 regular season games and six points (3g-3a) and eight penalty minutes in seven Kelly Cup Playoff games. He also played 14 games in the AHL with Saint John, finishing with five points (2g-3a) and 10 penalty minutes.

In 2003-04, he scored nine points (1g-8a) in 27 games with Columbus of the NHL and 36 points (10g-26a) in 48 games with Syracuse of the AHL.

Walser has 27 points (6g-21a) and 56 penalty minutes in 82 career NHL games with Columbus.