WHEELING, WV – The Wheeling Nailers announced their sixth player signing of the 2016 offseason. Wheeling has signed forward Garrett Meurs to an ECHL contract.
Meurs, 23, is entering his fourth professional season, after playing his first three years in the Colorado Avalanche organization with the Fort Wayne Komets, Lake Erie Monsters, and San Antonio Rampage. Garrett was originally selected by the Avalanche in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, following his second season of junior hockey.
“Garrett Meurs was a highly sought after free agent, who has the ability to be one of the top point producers on our team,” said Nailers Head Coach Jeff Christian. “He is an impact player with AHL experience, who can play a fast and physical game. Wheeling’s relationship with Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was very attractive in Garrett wanting to come to Wheeling.”
The Wingham, Ontario native made his AHL debut in 2013-14 with the Monsters, spending the entire campaign with the club, collecting 14 points in 64 games. The following year, Meurs played 20 games with Lake Erie, while also getting his first experience at the ECHL level. He was a key member of Fort Wayne’s run to the second round of the playoffs, posting 12 goals and 22 points in 30 regular season contests, before tacking on six more points in ten postseason clashes. Last season, Garrett spent the majority of the season with the Komets, racking up 18 goals and 35 points in 51 games.
“Everyone wants to go to teams that win, and in addition to the success that the Nailers had last year, they also get lots of guys called up and signed to PTO’s,” Meurs said. “I am a player who will bring energy to the game and can play pretty quickly in the corners. I had a taste of success both in juniors and last year, going to the conference final, but I want to win something.”
Prior to turning pro, Meurs played four years of junior hockey with the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers. Garrett was a very reliable player for the Whalers, as he missed just seven regular season games during that time. The forward saw his point total rise in each of the four seasons, as he compiled 34 as a rookie, 40 in his second season, 53 in year three, and a team-leading 65 in his final campaign, including a career high 32 goals. Plymouth won at least one playoff series in all four years with Garrett, and as a 16-year old, he was teammates with Stanley Cup Champion and NHL All-Star Tyler Seguin.
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