Monday, August 25, 2014

Texas Stars Re-Sign D William Wrenn

Third-year blue liner could be reliable 7th D-man for squad
William Wrenn chats with Jack Combs (Credit: Steven Christy)
The Texas Stars announced this afternoon that William Wrenn has been re-signed to an AHL deal for the coming season. Wrenn, who played with Texas for the entirety of the 2013-14 campaign, scored two goals and five assists in just 40 games of action.

Wrenn and Hubert Labrie were both pegged as the seventh defenseman on a deep squad. Wrenn has lucky enough to never make his way to Idaho. However, this meant fewer overall games for him. Wrenn did play in two playoff games en route to the championship and got his name on the Calder Cup.

Based on the defensemen already signed to Texas, Wrenn could find himself as a seventh defenseman yet again. Here's an early stab at the lineup, assuming Patrik Nemeth is bound for Dallas.
Oleksiak-Gaunce
Fortunus-Jokipakka
Klingberg-Meech
Wrenn

To Idaho: Vance
I don't see Wrenn surpassing any of the players on that roster above him. It's good to have a seventh guy that you can rely on, however. Wrenn and Labrie were both 'seventh' defensemen last year and each played 40 games.

Here's the release:
The 2014 Calder Cup champion Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced today that the club has signed defenseman William Wrenn to a standard AHL contract for the 2014-15 season.

Wrenn, 23, will begin his third campaign in a Stars sweater after appearing in 59 regular season contests over the past two years, tallying 14 points (four goals, 10 assists). The 6-foot-1, 210-pound defenseman also appeared in a pair of games during the opening round of the Calder Cup playoffs last year against the Oklahoma City Barons.

Wrenn (REHN) was originally a second-round pick of the San Jose Sharks (43rd overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and made his pro debut with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces during the 2012-13 season. The Anchorage, Alaska, native later signed with the Stars on a professional tryout contract and appeared in 19 games during the second half of the 2012-13 campaign.

Prior to turning pro, Wrenn was a member of the U.S. National Development Team program and won a gold medal at the 2009 IIHF U-18 World Championships. He then competed at the University of Denver (NCAA) from 2009-11 and also played two seasons of major junior hockey with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League.

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