He's not a player that is going to set the world on fire but Richard Petiot is the type of player that the Edmonton Oilers need to sign with the Oklahoma City Barons in mind. The Alberta native has 5 professional seasons under his belt after a 4-year NCAA career at Colorado College making the 6'4 blueliner a strong addition to the growing Barons roster.
Petiot hails from Daysland, about 75 minutes down Highway 21 just East of Camrose. He was drafted in the 4th round, 116th overall, in 2001 by the Los Angeles Kings but never got a sniff with the Kings at the NHL level. Th 2006-07 season was pretty much wiped out due to a serious knee injury, he was limited to just 13 games that year in Manchester.
From the L.A. organization he moved on to Toronto, one season with the AHL Marlies, and the Tampa Bay Lighting. Petiot dressed for 11 NHL games with Tampa in 2008-09 and picked up 3 points in that time.
Last year Petiot played for the Rockford IceHogs (TBY) in the AHL and recorded a career high 37 points in 80 games.The big, tough blueliner is known for his physical play and defensive acumen but the offence he produced last year was a bit of a surprise.
Other Signings: Columbus continues to fill out their new AHL affiliate in Columbus by adding Kyle Wilson who scored 53 points with Hersehy, veteran defenceman Nate Guenin and forward Trevor Frischmon... Vancouver signed Joel Perreault who had 36 points in 47 games with San Antonio last year. He'll provide depth for the organization but will likely play far more with the Manitoba Moose than the Canucks.