SUNRISE, FL – The Florida Panthers have been quite busy during the National Hockey League’s free agency period. Florida Panthers General Manager and President Hockey of Operations Dale Tallon announced Monday they have signed forward Alexandre Grenier to a one-year, two-way contract.
Grenier’s size could be key for the Thunderbirds heading into the 2017-18 year, and is something the team lacked at times during the 2016-17 campaign.
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Grenier hails from Laval, QC and played in 69 games with the Utica Comets during the 2016-17 season, scoring 17 goals and receiving 28 assists (45 pts). In addition, Grenier also suited up for nine games for the Vancouver Canucks from 2015-17 and represented the Utica Comets at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic.
For his career, Grenier has logged 277 games in the AHL for the Chicago Wolves and the Utica Comets, scoring 67 goals and collecting 108 assists (175 pts).
A third round draft pick (90th overall) of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Grenier started his professional career in the 2012-13 season playing for Salzburg EC in Austria. There he played in 25 games, scoring five goals and collecting eight assists. He also appeared in 37 games for the Kalamazoo Wings in the ECHL, scoring 10 goals and adding 21 assists.
Prior to turning pro, Grenier played for the St. Jerome Panthers in the OJAHL during the 2009-10 year, where he collected 54 points in 51 games. He transferred to the QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) for two years from 2010-12 for the Quebec Ramparts and the Halifax Mooseheads, where he played 95 games and compiled 98 points. He also played in 32 games in the playoffs during his two-year stint in the QMJHL, putting up 12 goals and 20 assists for 32 points.
The Springfield Thunderbirds open the home slate of the 2017-18 schedule on Saturday, October 14.