ELMIRA, N.Y. – The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres and the AHL’s Rochester Americans, announced that the club has signed veteran defenseman Nathan Oystrick for the 2015-16 season.
Oystrick, 32, joins the Jackals as a player/assistant coach after spending the previous decade playing in the NHL, AHL and KHL. The 6-foot 210-pound blueliner spent last season with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL after playing the previous two years in Russia with Prague Lev of the KHL. Over the previous 10 seasons, Oystrick dressed in 65 NHL games combined between the Atlanta Thrashers, Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues. His longest stint in the NHL came with Atlanta during the 2008-09 season, recording 12 points (4g-8a) and 50 penalty minutes in 53 games with the Thrashers. Overall, he logged 15 points (5g-10a) and 61 penalty minutes in his NHL career. Oystrick was selected by the Thrashers in the seventh round (198th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
In addition to his NHL tenure, Oystrick has appeared in 338 AHL games with the Chicago Wolves, Peoria Rivermen, Portland Pirates and Springfield Falcons, registering 206 points (64g-142a) and 553 penalty minutes. He was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team and the AHL Second All-Star Team in 2006-07 with Chicago in addition to being named to the AHL All-Star Game in 2010-11 as a member of Peoria. The Regina, Saskatchewan native also won a Calder Cup championship with Chicago in 2007-08.
Before turning pro, Oystrick spent four years at Northern Michigan University. The two-time captain had a prolific collegiate career, tallying 89 points (26g-63a) and 269 penalty minutes in 151 NCAA games. Oystrick also accrued a plethora of awards and accolades, including being named to the NCAA West Second All-American Team as a senior in 2005-06 and earning the award as the CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman as a junior in 2004-05. He was also named to the CCHA First All-Star Team in 2004-05 and the CCHA Second All-Star Team in 2003-04.