Steelheads Forward Will Merchant Added on PTO

(Credit: Idaho Steelheads)
The Texas Stars announced today that they have signed forward Will Merchant to a PTO. The rookie forward was one of the last cuts from training camp and has been in the front of the line for a PTO for a while out of Idaho. He's made his bones in the ECHL on the power play. He may not make it to Milwaukee in time for tonight's game, however. Texas may have to roll 8 D again to get 18 skaters.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced Friday the team has signed forward Will Merchant to a professional tryout agreement.

Merchant, 23, began the season in training camp with Texas before being returned to the Idaho Steelheads, the ECHL affiliate of the Stars. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound forward has tallied 48 points (21-27=48) in 66 games this season with Idaho. The Eagan, Minn. native is currently in his first professional season after finishing up a four-year career at the University of Maine.

The Stars visit the Milwaukee Admirals at 6 p.m. CST tonight.