The Norfolk Admirals announced the signing of six free agents today for the approaching 2014-15 season.
Returnees from last season include center Dave Steckel and rookie defenseman Kevin Lind. Norfolk has also agreed to terms with forward Brad Winchester, defensemen Steve MacIntyre and Nathan McIver, and goaltender Etienne Marcoux on American Hockey League contracts.
Steckel appeared in 65 AHL games between Norfolk and Iowa last season, totaling 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 points. In 273 career AHL contests, Steckel has totaled 64 goals and 75 assists for 139 points. He won a Calder Cup championship with Hershey in 2006.
A first-round draft pick (30th overall) by Los Angeles in 2001, Steckel appeared in six NHL games with Anaheim in 2013-14. He has recorded 33 goals and 46 assists for 79 points in 425 career NHL outings with Anaheim, Toronto, New Jersey and Washington.
Lind, 22, made his pro debut with Norfolk last season following his senior campaign at the University of Notre Dame. Lind was scoreless in one appearance with the Admirals.
In four years at Notre Dame, Lind totaled seven goals, 29 points and a plus-46 rating in 151 games. The native of Homer Glen, Ill., was a sixth-round draft pick by Anaheim in 2010.
Winchester played in an AHL-leading 78 games in 2013-14, notching 19 goals and 19 assists for 38 points between Rockford and Iowa. In 310 career AHL contests, Winchester has 93 goals and 77 assists for 170 points.
A second-round draft pick by Edmonton in 2000, Winchester has skated in 390 games in the NHL with Edmonton, Dallas, St. Louis, Anaheim and San Jose, notching 37 goals and 31 assists for 68 points. He played four seasons at the University of Wisconsin from 1999-2003.
MacIntyre played 11 games for Oklahoma City last season, going scoreless with 34 penalty minutes. In 190 career AHL contests, MacIntyre has totaled four goals, six assists and 669 PIM.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound MacIntyre has played 91 games in the NHL with Pittsburgh, Edmonton and Florida, amassing two goals, two assists and 175 minutes in penalties.
McIver spent the 2013-14 season in the AHL with Hamilton, recording three assists and 111 penalty minutes in 40 games. The 10th-year pro has tallied eight goals and 27 assists for 35 points along with 1,212 PIM in 447 career AHL games with Hamilton, Bridgeport, Providence and Manitoba.
A 2003 draft pick by Vancouver, McIver has appeared in 36 career NHL games between the Canucks and Anaheim, registering one assist and 95 PIM.
Marcoux, 20, signs his first professional contract after four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Marcoux appeared in 50 games with Blainville-Boisbriand in 2013-14, going 26-15-7 with a 2.84 goals-against average, an .894 save percentage and three shutouts. He led the QMJHL in GAA (2.14) and save percentage (.913) in 2012-13.