Moose sign seven to AHL deals

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The Manitoba Moose announced today that the team has re-signed forwards Patrice Cormier and Darren Kramer, along with defenseman Peter Stoykewych, to one-year contracts.

The club also signed forwards Brody Sutter and Francis Beauvillier, defenseman Jake Kulevich and goaltender Colton Phinney to one-year deals.

Cormier, 27, served as captain for the Moose in 2016-17, registering 13 goals and 16 assists for 29 points with 101 penalty minutes in 69 games.

Entering his seventh season in the Winnipeg Jets organization, Cormier has skated in 344 career AHL games with Manitoba, St. John’s and Chicago, recording 76 goals and 81 assists for 157 points.

Originally a second-round draft pick by New Jersey in 2008, Cormier has played 52 NHL games with Winnipeg/Atlanta, notching one goal and four assists.

Kramer, 25, enters his third campaign with the Moose after posting three goals, one assist and 89 penalty minutes in 42 games last season.

The Peace River, Alta., native has produced 18 goals, 20 assists and 772 PIM in 239 career AHL outings with Manitoba and Binghamton.

Stoykewych, 24, recorded five goals and 15 assists for 20 points in 72 games with the Moose last season, finishing third among team defensemen in scoring and fourth on the club in plus/minus (+6).

A Winnipeg native, Stoykewych has totaled five goals and 23 assists in 125 AHL games with Manitoba and St. John’s.

Sutter, 25, tallied four goals and five assists for nine points in 19 games for the Springfield Thunderbirds last season.

The Viking, Alta., native has recorded 41 goals and 51 assists for 92 points in 230 AHL contests with Springfield and Charlotte.

A seventh-round draft pick by Carolina in 2011, Sutter has appeared in 12 NHL games with the Hurricanes.

Beauvillier, 23, joined the Moose late last season following three years at the University of New Brunswick, where he helped UNB win back-to-back U Sports Men’s Hockey Championships in 2016 and 2017.

Originally a sixth-round draft choice by Florida in 2012, Beauvillier tallied four goals and an assist in nine games with the Moose in 2016-17.

Kulevich, 24, registered two assists in 11 games with the Moose in 2016-17 after finishing out his senior season at Colgate University.

Kulevich served as team captain and led Colgate in scoring with 22 points last season.

Phinney, 24, is coming off a four-year collegiate career at Princeton University, where he holds numerous goaltending records. The native of Chatham, N.J., won a career-best 14 games as a senior with a 3.06 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.