The Adirondack Thunder struck a trade on Monday morning morning with the Utah Grizzlies, acquiring defensemen Ryan Black in exchange for future considerations.
Ryan Black Heading to Adirondack
Black has only seen action in one ECHL game this year with the Grizzlies. The 24-year-old defencemen joined the Grizzlies after playing four years at Northern Michigan University. During his four years with the Wildcats, Black appeared in 141 games while putting up two goals and 33 assists, making for a total of 35 points registered.
What Does This Mean For Adirondack
The Thunder currently have seven defensemen on their roster, but are still waiting for Jake Linhart to return from injured reserve. Linhart has not taken the ice yet this season with the Thunder. Adirondack recently lost both Colby Sissons and Kelly Summers as they were re-assigned to the Binghamton Devils, New Jersey’s affiliate in the AHL.
Black is a smaller defensemen, being listed at 5’9 and 170lbs. With losing two defensemen to the AHL this season, the move ultimately gives them some more options on the back-end until Linhart is healthy.
Adirondack, in the early going, has shown that they enjoy having left-handed defencemen on the blue-line as Zach Borsoi is the only healthy right-handed shot. However, he’s only appeared in two games this season for the Adirondack Thunder. With this move now in the books, it could certainly be the start of some bigger moves for Adirondack in the near future.