LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Wranglers announced that they had received centers Dustin Johner and Chris Neiszner, right wings Darren Lynch and Thomas Bellemare and defenseman Tyler Sloan from the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights of the American Hockey League.
The Wranglers are the ECHL affiliate of the Knights and the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League.
In his first full professional season in 2004-05, the 22-year-old Johner scored a team record 22 goals for the Wranglers and was leading the team and ranked fifth among ECHL rookies with 48 points in 51 games when he was called up to Lowell of the AHL. Selected in the sixth round (169th overall) by Florida in the 2001 National Hockey Entry Draft, the 5-foot-11 and 177-pound Johner had 12 points (4g-8a) in 23 regular season games and one goal in 11 playoff games with Lowell.
In his first professional season in 2004-05, the 22-year-old Lynch led Las Vegas in plus-minus rating (+10) and finished fourth on the team with 15 goals and tied for ninth on the team with 49 points in 54 games.