The Las Vegas Wranglers announced today that the team has signed goalie Tyler Sims. The team also announced that left wing Ryan Donally has been recalled by the Quad City Flames of the American Hockey League. In an additional roster move, defenseman Jason Dest has signed a PTO with the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL.
Sims joins the Wranglers after a two-game stint with the Reading Royals and a four-year career at Providence College. The 23-year old posted a 0-1-1 mark with Reading. The rookie goalie stopped 39 of 43 for a .907 save percentage and also accumulated a 2.80 goals against average. In four seasons at Providence college, Sims went 44-56-10 with a 2.57 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. The Fort Wayne, IN native posted his best collegiate season during the 2005-06 season, going 17-14-2 with three shutouts, a 2.32 goals against average and a .916 save percentage.
Donally makes his second appearance in the AHL with Quad City after a seven game stint in late December, in which the 23-year old left wing registered no points and 19 penalty minutes. With the Wranglers this season, Donally set new career highs with 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points in 53 games played. The Tecumseh, ON native leaves as the team leader in penalty minutes with 176. Donally was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in the third round (#97 overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. The second year pro has played in 111 professional games, including 86 with the Wranglers.
Dest makes his first appearance in the AHL with the Peoria Rivermen, joining Wranglers defenseman Tyson Strachan. The rookie defenseman has four assists and 82 penalty minutes in 50 games played with Las Vegas this season. The 2008 National Conference All-Star is tied for third on the team with a +20 rating.
Dest played four seasons at the University of Michigan. During his senior season, Dest acted as the team’s alternate captain while posting collegiate highs for points with 11. Dest leaves Michigan sixth on the school’s all-time list for career games played with 164. The Fraser, MI native scored five goals and added 30 assists for 35 points over his collegiate career. The 22-year old also posted a +37 rating over four years, including a +23 during his sophomore season. The Wranglers return to home ice on Friday, April 4th against Bakersfield and Saturday, April 5th against Phoenix. Both games start at 7:05 pm.
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