Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Thrashers Re-Sign Forward Joey Crabb and Defenseman Nathan Oystrick

The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed forward Joey Crabb and defenseman Nathan Oystrick, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Crabb, 25, appeared in 72 games for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League last season, recording 35 points (nine goals, 26 assists), two shorthanded goals and a plus-10 rating. The 6-1, 190-pound right wing helped the Wolves capture the 2008 AHL Calder Cup Championship, tallying five points (one goal, four assists) in 24 playoff games.

A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Crabb has appeared in 135 games with the Wolves over two seasons, recording 57 points (16 goals, 41 assists). He has also appeared in 30 AHL playoff games with Chicago, registering five points (one goal, four assists).

Crabb played four seasons with Colorado College of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association from 2002-03 to 2005-06, recording 110 points (53 goals, 57 assists) and 145 penalty minutes in 158 games. Prior to his collegiate career, Crabb spent one season with Green Bay of the United States Hockey League and two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program.

Crabb was selected by the NY Rangers in the seventh round, 226th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft and originally signed with the Thrashers as a free agent on Aug. 31, 2006.

Oystrick, 25, played in all 80 games for the Chicago Wolves last season, recording 43 points (14 goals, 29 assists) and 159 shots. Among team defenseman, Oystrick tied for first on the team in assists, ranked second in points and tied for second in goals and power play goals (eight). The 6-0, 215-pound native of Regina, Saskatchewan also appeared in all 24 playoff games for the Wolves, helping them to the Calder Cup Championship while registering 11 points (three goals, eight assists).

In parts of three seasons with the Wolves, Oystrick has appeared in 162 games, recording 91 points (29 goals, 62 assists). He has also played in 39 Calder Cup Playoff games for Chicago over two seasons, tallying 17 points (three goals, 14 assists).

Oystrick spent four seasons with Northern Michigan of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association where he tallied 89 points (26 goals, 53 assists) in 151 games from 2002-06. Prior to attending college, Oystrick recorded 101 points (24 goals, 77 assists) and 372 penalty minutes in two season with South Surrey of the British Columbia Hockey League from 2000-02.

Oystrick was originally selected by the Thrashers in the seventh round, 198th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

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