Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Yogan, Ceresnak join the Whale; St Croix All-Star (Updated 4:45PM)

As we said earlier in the week, Andrew Yogan and Peter Ceresnak signed ATOs with the CT Whale. They both will report for practice tomorrow (stick tap to Bruce Berlet)

We believe Yogan will get to see playing action but Ceresnak might not until the Whale have secured their playoff spot.

Here is the press release:

HARTFORD, March 21, 2012: Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the team has signed forward Andrew Yogan and defenseman Peter Ceresnak to Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreements.

Both Yogan, a fourth-round (100th overall) draft pick of the parent New York Rangers in 2010, and Ceresnak, who was selected in the sixth round (172nd overall) of the 2011 draft by the Rangers, come to the Whale from the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

Yogan saw his first pro action at the end of last season with the Whale, and scored a pair of goals in his pro debut, a First-Star effort in a 4-3 loss to Bridgeport April 9. The 6-3, 203-pound Coral Springs, FL native also had an assist in his other Whale appearance, giving him a total of three points in two AHL games.

This season, the 20-year-old Yogan led the Petes in goals, points and plus/minus, with 41 goals (tied for sixth in the OHL) and 37 assists for 78 points, along with a +8, in 66 games.  His 96 penalty minutes tied for second on the Peterborough team. In 240 career OHL games with the Windsor Spitfires, Erie Otters and the Petes, Yogan totaled 96 goals and 90 assists for 186 points, plus 287 PIM.

This year was the first North American season for Ceresnak, 19, who hails from Trencin, Slovakia. The 6-3, 209-pounder scored the second-most goals among the Petes’ defensemen, with six, and also added nine assists for 15 points, while serving 34 minutes in penalties, in 61 games.

St Croix an All-Star

The WHL announced their Eastern Conference All-Stars on Wednesday afternoon with New York Ranger 2011 4th round pick Michael St. Croix being named to the WHL Second All-Star Team. St Croix was 45-60-105 appeared in all 72 games for his Edmonton Oil Kings set new franchise records in goals, assists and points as well as finishing 8th in the WHL in scoring.

St. Croix and his Edmonton Oil Kings will face Kootenay in the first round of the WHL playoffs starting Friday.


Goaltender – Nathan Lieuwen (Abottsford, BC), Kootenay Ice
Defenceman – Mark Pysyk (Sherwood Park, AB), Edmonton Oil Kings
Defenceman – Brandon Davidson (Taber, AB), Regina Pats
Forward – Michael St. Croix (Winnipeg, MB), Edmonton Oil Kings
Forward – Max Reinhart (Vancouver, BC), Kootenay Ice
Forward – Michael Ferland (Brandon, MB), Brandon Wheat Kings

(Yogan, Ceresnak - OHL Images- Aaron Bell and Terry Wilson, St. Croix - Andy Develin )

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