The Cleveland Monsters have signed 22-year old defenseman Wyatt Newpower to an AHL contract.
Even though the AHL season is no longer going on, the Cleveland Monsters have made an addition to their roster. Cleveland has signed defenseman Wyatt Newpower to an AHL contract. The deal was announced on Monday.
Wyatt Newpower played four years at the University of Connecticut. Newpower totaled 47 points in 114 games during his time with the Huskies. The now 22-year old defenseman did not do much points wise during his first two seasons at Connecticut, finished with 11 points in 46 games. It was his final two seasons that saw Newpower finding his way. 6 goals and 30 assists from Newpower in his last 68 games is certainly better than his earlier efforts.
The Huskies captain made the East All-Star Second Team and was awarded the ’47 Best Defensive Defenseman Award in 2020. These accolades show that Newpower can play and it is obvious why the Monsters chose to sign him. It also seems like Cleveland is preparing for several RFA’s to leave and that Newpower will be a replacement of sorts. This combined with the large amount of players called up to Columbus this past season definitely has led to this decision. Cleveland saw a lot of their best players being recalled and were lacking talent in some of their games. Elevating their low end talent will certainly help the team moving forward.