Gladiators sign Baker, Yuen, Barnett

DULUTH, Ga. – The Atlanta Gladiators announced that defensemen Drew Baker and Zach Yuen as well as forward J.T. Barnett have agreed to terms for the 2015-16 season.

The Gladiators are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Boston Bruins and the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins.

Baker grew up in nearby Dawsonville, Ga. and played his youth hockey in the Atlanta area. The 29-year-old defender first appeared for the Gladiators and made his ECHL debut during a brief three game stint in 2012-13. The local product began last season as a member of the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the SPHL collecting 14 points (5g-9a) in 30 games before he was signed by the Idaho Steelheads where he notched eight points (1g-7a) and was a +17 in 28 games. No stranger to professional hockey, the veteran has 315 career games played in the AAHL, FHL, SPHL and ECHL. Over the course of his career, Baker has amassed 118 points (37g-81a) and 394 penalty minutes.

Yuen started last season with the Wheeling Nailers where he posted seven points (3g-4a) in 27 games before he was dealt to the Gladiators at the end of January. The 6-foot, 205-pound defenseman finished last season with the Gladiators as he appeared in 35 games and manufactured 16 points (6g-10a). A fourth-round selection (119th overall) by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Yuen notched 12 points (1g-11a) in 48 games during his rookie season of professional hockey in 2013-14 for the Orlando Solar Bears. Yuen also saw time in the AHL for the Toronto Marlies that season. Prior to turning pro, he suited up for the Western Hockey League’s Tri-City Americans from 2008-13 where he engineered 117 points (30g-87a) in 255 games.

Barnett set career highs as a professional with nine goals, 16 assists and 25 points in 62 games for the Stockton Thunder last season. The Scottsdale, Ariz. native turned pro in 2013-14 after he signed with the Ontario Reign, registering nine points (1g-8a) in 31 games before concluding his rookie campaign with the Orlando Solar Bears. Prior to turning pro, the 23-year-old played five seasons in the WHL for the Vancouver Giants, Kamloops Blazers, Everett Silvertips and Kelowna Rockets. In 249 career WHL games, Barnett managed 131 points (57g-74a).