The Toledo Walleye announced the return of a high-powered forward on Wednesday.
Evan Rankin, one of two Walleye players to score 100 career points with the team, signed with the club after a four-year stint in the American Hockey League.
Rankin broke into the professional ranks with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the former Central Hockey League in 2008-09, where he collected 51 points (28G, 23A) in 64 games.
From Hidalgo, TX, Rankin moved to Toledo and had a great first season with the Walleye in 2009-10, where he compiled 57 points (32G, 25A) in 65 games and set the team’s single-season record for goals — a mark that stood until Kyle Bonis broke it with 36 goals last season. Also in that season, Rankin earned his first call-up to the American Hockey League, where he put up just one point in four games.
Rankin returned to the Walleye for the 2010-11 season and again, had another prolific season, collecting 55 points (23G, 32A) in 63 games. He also appeared in 10 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins, but collected just a goal and an assist in that stint.
The 2011-12 season would be Rankin’s last with the Walleye, prior to getting called up to the Rochester Americans. In 177 AHL games over four seasons, Rankin scored 105 points (53G, 52A.)