Tuesday, March 22, 2011
WIERCIOCH TO MAKE NHL DEBUT
Former Express Patrick Wiercioch is expected to make his NHL debut tonight for the Ottawa Senators when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh.
He got the call to fill in for Sergei Gonchar who is sidelined with a concussion.
Wiercioch played the 06-07 season with the Burnaby Express as a 16 year old. He had 9 goals and 25 points in 42 games in his lone season in Express colors.
He then went to the USHL's Omaha Lancers where he was drafted by the Sens in the 2nd round 42nd overall in 2008.
He played the previous two seasons at the University of Denver. This season he's played his first full season of pro hockey with the Sens AHL affiliate in Binghamton racking up 4 goals and 16 points in 63 games.
From what I have read, Wiercioch had a slow start this season making the transition to the pros. But has been one of the baby Sens better players in the last 6 weeks.
Weircioch was quoted as saying "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't (nervous)". His parents are trying to make their way to Carolina for the game.
When he steps on the ice, Weircioch will become the 7th former Express to play in an NHL game and 2nd this season to make his debut after Mark Dekanich played earlier this season for the Nashville Predators.