The Chicago Wolves have announced the signing of defenseman Jeremie Blain to an American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season. Blain returns to the Wolves after having spent the last two seasons under an NHL contract with the Vancouver Canucks, splitting time between the Utica Comets and Kalamazoo Wings.
Blain was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 2010 as the 91st overall pick. After failing to secure a deal with the Oilers, Blain signed an AHL deal with the Wolves in 2012 and spent time with the Idaho Steelheads as well. Blain scored four points in 25 games with the Wolves, while scoring 31 points with the Steelheads in 47 games.
With the Wolves acting as the AHL affiliate for the Vancouver Canucks, Blain impressed enough to earn an NHL deal with the Canucks and moved with the affiliate to Utica for their inaugural season. Blain only made it into a combined 20 games for the Comets over the next two seasons, spending most of his time with the K-Wings. Blain played one playoff game with the K-Wings in the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs, scoring one assist.
Blain joins Evan Trupp, Spencer Asuchak, Zack O’Brien, Eriah Hayes, and Scooter Vaughn as the Wolves’ AHL-contracted players so far.
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