K-Wings add scoring and size to roster
Kalamazoo, Mich. - After bolstering their defense a week ago, the Kalamazoo Wings have elected to focus primarily on their offense with the signing of forwards Bryan Cameron, Ryan Del Monte and Yanni Gourde and defenseman Ian Saab.
Cameron joins the K-Wings after spending last season with the Utah Grizzlies and San Francisco Bulls. A four-year pro, Cameron posted a combined 47 points (20g-27a) with the two Western Conference teams. A third-round selection (82nd overall) of the Los Angeles Kings in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Cameron commenced his pro career during the 2010-11 season with the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Heat. An offensive juggernaut in junior hockey, Cameron averaged a point-a-night in four of his five seasons in the OHL.
Spending a majority of his career in either the AHL or in the top leagues of Europe, Del Monte is poised to return to North America. Last season Del Monte notched 30 points (10g-20a) in 42 games in Germany with the Rosenheim Star Bulls. During the 2011-12 season, Del Monte, who signed a contract with Kalamazoo in the offseason, went to the AHL training camp of Worcester and spent the entire season with the Sharks. He was a member of the Cincinnati Cyclones 2010 Kelly Cup championship team.
Gourde joins the K-Wings after spending last season in the AHL with the Worcester Sharks and in the ECHL with the San Francisco Bulls. With the Bulls, Gourde exploded with 10 points (4g-6a) in just eight games. The native of St. Narcisse, Quebec spent the majority of last year with the Sharks, where he notched 14 points (8g-6a) in 41 contests.
Saab comes to Kalamazoo for his first full season of professional hockey. The 6’2”, 192 pound defenseman played eight pro games last season in Austria. A physical defenseman, Saab logged 674 minutes in five seasons of junior hockey. Saab started his junior career in the Maritime Junior Hockey League playing for the Halifax Lions. Following his time with the Lions, Saab spent four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League splitting time with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, Lewiston MAINEiacs and the St. John Sea Dogs.