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Everblades agree to terms with Wahl


ESTERO, Fla. – The Florida Everblades announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Mitch Wahl for the 2014-15 season.

The Everblades are the ECHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League and the Charlotte Checkers and Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

Wahl, 24, will join the Everlades after posting 56 points (17g-39a) and 160 penalty minutes in 65 games played with the Idaho Steelheads last season. In addition, Wahl was tops in the ECHL in power play points with 27. The 6-0, 205-pound center finished as the leading scorer for the Utah Grizzlies during the 2012-13 season after posting 59 points (19g-40a) and 115 penalty minutes.

Wahl has registered 19 points (6g-13a) in 71 games played in the American Hockey League in stints with Abbotsford, Hamilton and Adirondack. Wahl amassed 284 points (98g-186a) in 273 career games during his four-year junior career with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League from 2005-10. He was a member of Spokane’s Memorial Cup championship team in 2008.

The Seal Beach, Calif. native was selected by the Calgary Flames in the second round (48th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.