Trio of players return to Thunder, Gimblett recalled by Oklahoma City

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks, announced San Jose has reassigned defenseman Jody Pederson and goaltender Tyson Sexsmith to the Thunder from the Worcester Sharks of the AHL and the Houston Aeros have returned center Chris Lawrence from his loan to the club. The Thunder also announced that the Oklahoma City Barons have recalled left wing Jesse Gimblett.


Pederson, 26, now skating under a two-way AHL contract with Worcester, has skated in 11 games with the Sharks this season, posting three assists on the blueline with two penalty minutes. Originally acquired by the Thunder from Elmira on Feb. 4 in exchange for goaltender Garrett Zemlak, he has collected one goal and one assist in 32 games for the Thunder and Elmira this season.


The 6-foot-3, 215-pound defenseman made his pro debut last season with the Providence Bruins on an amateur tryout contract last season, skating in two games with a +2 rating.


Sexsmith, selected by San Jose in the third round (91st overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and a Memorial Cup champion goaltender with the Vancouver Giants in 2006-07, is 4-2-2 in nine games with the Thunder this season with a goals-against-average of 3.01 and a .879 save percentage.


He appeared in six AHL games with Worcester, totaling a 2-3-1 record, .902 save percentage and 2.94 goals-against-average this season.


The 5-foot-11, 210-pound goaltender was awarded Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week honors, ending Oct. 24, when he went 2-0-0 with a .941 save percentage.


Lawrence, 24, returns from his second AHL trip this season and skated in two games for Houston. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound forward has skated in six AHL games this season with Houston and Worcester, scoring one goal while adding 15 penalty minutes and currently stands as the Thunder leader in goals (21) while ranking second in assists (25) and points (46) in 49 games.


Selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning (89th overall) in the third round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, the 24-year old has totaled 181 games in the AHL with Houston, Norfolk and Worcester, scoring 32 points (11g-21a) and totaling 133 penalty minutes.


Gimblett has earned his second trip to the AHL this season and is skating under a contract with the Oilers affiliate in Oklahoma City. He is expected to be available to suit up for the Barons tonight, who visit Grand Rapids at 4:00 p.m.


The 26 year old is tied for fourth on the Thunder with 13 goals and has also totaled 98 penalty minutes and 22 points (13g-9a) in 48 games.