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Jets hold onto IceCaps Albert, add Jerome Samson, Andrew Gordon
Although the Winnipeg Jets stayed quiet during the free-agent frenzy on Friday, the club did make some moves to bolster its minor-league depth.
On Saturday morning, the Jets announced they would bring back St. John's IceCaps centre John Albert, and also added wingers Jerome Samson and Andrew Gordon to the mix. Terms of the deals were not disclosed as per club policy, though the three are most likely intended to fill the roster on The Rock.
Albert, 24, is a former Atlanta Thrashers sixth-round draft pick who made his pro debut with the IceCaps in their inaugural year. He scored 27 points in his 64-game rookie campaign, and followed it up with five points in 24 games last season.
After two seasons with the AHL's Chicago Wolves, Gordon suited up for six games with the Vancouver Canucks last year, though he was held pointless. Last season, the 27-year-old Halifax product nabbed 19 goals and 13 assists in 54 games with the Wolves. He also helped the 2009 Hershey Bears capture the Calder Cup, and was tapped for the 2011 AHL All-Star game.
Samson, 25, is an undrafted six-foot winger who spent the last four seasons bouncing between the AHL and the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes. He played the last three seasons with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers, notching seven goals and 11 assists in 37 contests last year. He has 46 games of NHL experience under his belt since 2009-10, during which he recorded two goals and seven assists.
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