K-Wings sign former first-round pick Biggs

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Kalamazoo Wings, ECHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, have signed forward Tyler Biggs to an ECHL contract.

Biggs was a first-round selection (22nd overall) of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2011, and has logged four pro seasons since his professional debut with the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies. Throughout his career, Biggs has appeared in 129 games, with all but 10 being played in the AHL. The native of Loveland, Ohio spent the 2015-16 season between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (11 games played) and the Wheeling Nailers (two games played), while managing three points.

Before turning pro, the 23-year-old played with the United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor and appeared in 44 league games with the NTDP while also representing his country at various international tournaments. He has been a member of four gold medal teams, including the 2010 U17 World Hockey Challenge, the 2010 and 2011 U18 World Junior Championships and the 2013 U20 World Junior Championship.

Aside from his time with Team USA, Biggs has also had amateur stints with Miami University and the Oshawa Generals of the OHL. He tallied 92 career amateur points in 144 games and has picked up 24 career points in 129 professional games across the AHL and ECHL.