Saturday, July 19, 2008

Thrashers Agree to Terms With Forward Angelo Esposito

The Atlanta Thrashers have agreed to terms with forward Angelo Esposito on a multiple-year contract, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Esposito, 19, appeared in 56 games with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season and ranked third on his team with 69 points (30 goals, 39 assists). He finished second on the Remparts in playoff scoring with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 11 post-season contests. The 6-0, 190-pound center also appeared in one game for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League after signing an Amateur Try Out on April 13, 2008.

The native of Montreal has recorded 246 points (96 goals, 150 assists) and a plus-69 rating in 173 career regular-season games with the Remparts. He has added 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 39 career QMJHL playoff games. Esposito was honored as the league’s Top Offensive Rookie and named to the QMJHL All-Rookie Team following the 2005-06 season. He was also named the winner of the 2006-07 Mike Bossy Trophy, given annually to the QMJHL player judged to be the best professional prospect.

Esposito was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round, 20th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. His rights were acquired by the Thrashers from Pittsburgh with Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen and a first-round selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft (Daultan Leveille) for Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis on Feb. 26, 2008.

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