PHOENIX – The Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed center Joel Perrault, who played for the Augusta Lynx in 2005-06, to a two-year contract.
Selected in the fifth round (137th overall) by Anaheim in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-foot-1 and 197-pound forward was assigned to Augusta in January 2006 while battling post-concussion syndrome and he had six points (4g-2a) and two penalty minutes in three games. He also played in the AHL in 2005-06 and had 24 points (12g-12a) and 20 penalty minutes in 25 games for Portland and seven points (1g-6a) and four penalty minutes in 12 games for San Antonio.
The 25 year old set NHL season highs in 2007-08 with the Coyotes with seven goals, 10 assists, 17 points, 48 penalty minutes and 49 games. He also played in the AHL in 2007-08 and had 27 points (14g-13a) and 36 penalty minutes in 28 games for San Antonio.
He has played in the NHL each of the last three years and has 22 points (9g-13a) and 64 penalty minutes in 80 games with the Coyotes.
The Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League had affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the NHL in 2007-08, marking the 11th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams.
There have been 355 players who have played in the NHL after the ECHL and 210 who have made their debut in the last seven seasons.
Twenty-six former ECHL players made their NHL debut in 2007-08 including six who played in both the ECHL and NHL: Chris Beckford-Tseu (Alaska and St. Louis), Adam Berti (Pensacola and Chicago), Joe Jensen (Wheeling and Carolina), Dan LaCosta (Elmira and Columbus), Jonathan Quick (Reading and Los Angeles) and Danny Taylor (Reading and Los Angeles).
The ECHL is represented on the Stanley Cup for the eighth consecutive year with Aaron Downey, who played his first two professional seasons with Hampton Roads, becomes the 14th former player to be a part of a NHL championship team.