Walleye agree to terms with pair of rookies

Toledo, Ohio – Forwards Max Gaede and Tyler Sikura have agreed to terms with the Toledo Walleye for the 2015-16 season.

The Walleye are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Detroit Red Wings and the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Gaede spent the last four years at Minnesota State University-Mankato, where he appeared in 152 games with 37 points (11g-26a) and 93 penalty minutes. Drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the third round (88th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the 23-year-old forward helped lead the Mavericks to back-to-back WCHA championships in 2014 and 2015. He was a member of the 2012-13 WCHA All-Academic Team.

The 6’3" 200-pound forward picked up a career five goals this past season while finishing the season as a +10. Prior to his collegiate career, Gaede spent parts of two seasons in the USHL with Sioux Falls. In the 2010-11 season the native of Woodbury, Minn. posted 28 points (10g-18a) and 57 penalty minutes in 54 contests.

Sikura made his pro debut following his senior season with Springfield in the American Hockey League with a pair of games. Over four years with the Big Green, the Aurora, Ontario native appeared in 125 games with 92 points (36g-56a) while posting a +9 rating. He was the team captain in each of the past two seasons.

The 23-year-old posted a career-best 32 points with highs in goals (12) and assists (20) during the 2012-13 season. His 32 points led the Big Green in scoring that season and his 24 points (10g-14a) this past year finished second on the team. As a freshman in 2011-12, the 6’2", 195-pound forward tied for the team lead in scoring with 25 points (11g-14a).