Former Vancouver Canucks top prospect Cole Cassels has reportedly signed a contract with Grizzlys Wolfsburg of the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).
Here’s the full press release from Grizzlys Wolfsburg translated from German to English:
The Grizzlys Wolfsburg have completed their squad planning for the upcoming DEL season prematurely. The Lower Saxony has equipped the 23-year-old Center Cole Cassels with a one-year contract. The native Americans will arrive punctually in Wolfsburg on Thursday to prepare for the season.
Cole Cassels completes the Grizzly squad for the 2018-2019 season. The Hartford-born American, whose father Andrew Cassels completed more than 1000 NHL games, was drafted in 2013 by the Vancouver Canucks and won the Memorial Cup at the age of 20 in the OHL. In the final he sat down with the Oshawa Generals against the Erie Otters to the current NHL superstar Connor McDavid. In 291 OHL games Cassels scored a proud 258 points.
From the 2015-2016 season, the 1.83-meter and 82-pound right shooter played a total of three seasons for the Utica Comets in the AHL. In the past season, the attacker scored nine goals and 20 assists in 74 games.
Tyler Haskins as an intermediary
A not insignificant part of the change of the still young US center had ex-Grizzlys captain Tyler Haskins, who spoke in advance with both Cassels and sports director Charly Fliegauf and has provided both sides with much important information. Cole Cassels arrives on Thursday in Wolfsburg and plays in the future with the jersey number 27.
“It was a bit surprising for me when Cole was offered to me a few days ago. He was struggling after winning the Memorial Cup in Utica in his first two years, and some injuries were a hindrance to his development. In the last season, however, it was much better. Especially in the second half of the season, when I saw him three times in February, he was one of the best players with a supporting role. He plays in all three zones despite his age already with a lot of responsibility, is above average at the bully and knows his side players very well. Similar to Tyler Haskins, who provided me with lots of useful information, Cole decided early in his career to be in Europe at the age of 23. We really wanted to sign a right-center forward, which was very difficult at the moment, and of course we are very happy that we were able to convince Cole to move to Wolfsburg, “said Managing Director Charly Fliegauf happily about the final transfer.
Source: Grizzlys Wolfsburg
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