Kalamazoo, Mich. – The Kalamazoo Wings roster received a facelift with some help from their affiliates Thursday afternoon adding forward Eric Kattelus from the Chicago Wolves and defenseman Adam Polasek from the Utica Comets.
Kattelus, who is on loan from the Wolves, has played the past two seasons in Kalamazoo. Last year, Kattelus posted 32 points (13g-19a) in 33 games with the K-Wings before heading to the Wolves for the remainder of the season last January.
Prior to turning pro, Kattelus was a four-year standout for Michigan Tech University and played two seasons of junior hockey. In 2005-06, Kattelus was named the NAHL Rookie of the Year, racking up 75 points (35g-40a) for the Bismarck Bobcats. A year later, Kattelus helped the Indiana Ice advance to the semifinal of the USHL Clark Cup playoffs.
A third-year pro, Polasek was reassigned to Kalamazoo from the Vancouver Canucks after starting the season in the AHL with the Comets. Last season, Polasek split time between the K-Wings and the Chicago Wolves. With Kalamazoo, the blue-liner had eight points (4g-4a) and a plus/minus of +1 in 34 games. In January, Polasek was reassigned to Chicago where he had eight points (1g-7a) and a plus/minus of +8 in 24 games.
A fifth-round selection (145th overall) by the Canucks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Polasek posted 80 points (20g-60a) in 127 games as a member of the Prince Edward Island Rocket (QMJHL).