Wichita adds rookie forward Bauer

Wichita, Kan. - The Wichita Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers and AHL's Bakersfield Condors, announced the signing of forward Lane Bauer.

Bauer, 21, turns pro after playing the last four seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Edmonton Oil Kings and Kamloops Blazers. The dynamic forward potted 207 points (97g-110a) in 261 games and served as an alternate captain in 2016-17 for the Oil Kings. A native of Anchorage, Alaska, he averaged a point per game last season, netting 40 points ( 25g-15a) in 40 games with Edmonton before being sent to Kamloops in January. Bauer finished the season with 31 points (11g-20a) in 31 games for the Blazers and added three points (2g-1a) in six playoff games.

In 2013-14, Bauer was a part of the Memorial Cup winning team in Edmonton, which was his first year in junior hockey. His point production increased each season and it helped earn him a spot in rookie camp with the Edmonton Oilers in Penticton last month and tryout camp in Bakersfield.