The San Antonio Rampage announced on Wednesday that they have re-signed center Wade Megan and LW Tony Turgeon to one-year AHL contracts.
Megan, 24, scored 11-6-17 in 43 games with the Rampage in his first full pro season. The Boston U. grad also added 13-7-20 in 16 regular season games with ECHL Cincinnati and another 10-3-13 in 22 playoff games. Megan plays a solid two-way game and brings speed and experience to the bottom six of the Rampage lineup.
Turgeon, 24, also returns for his second season in the Panthers organization. At 6’4″ and 228 pounds, the converted defenseman will serve the enforcer role, either in San Antonio or Cincinnati. In five AHL games last season, Turgeon was held scoreless but picked up 21 PIM. He also added two assists in 13 games with the Cyclones after suffering an early season injury that saw him miss the majority of the first part of the season.
OPINION: I’ve been clamoring for the team to re-sign Megan since about March. I think this is a tremendous depth signing which will allow the Panthers to start Steven Hodges in Cincinnati. Megan should instantly slot into the 4C slot in the Rampage lineup and could be a nice contributor this season.
Turgeon brings some muscle and fighting ability to a pretty skilled Rampage team. With not a lot of depth at the LW position, the team may opt for Turgeon on the fourth line, allowing them to send Connor Brickley or Logan Shaw to Cincinnati to play top 6 minutes. At the very least, he will bring some grit and determination to camp and will challenge the other young Panthers prospects to have solid camps.