Peoria Rivermen General Manager Kevin McDonald announced today that the club has signed forward Derek Nesbitt to a standard player contract (SPC), releasing him from his professional tryout contract (PTO).
Nesbitt, 28, has played in 15 games since joining Peoria on Nov. 13. Over that time he has recorded eight goals and five assists. This past weekend, Nesbitt scored the game-winning goal in all three Rivermen victories. He leads the team with five power-play goals.
He began the season with 11 games for the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL. His 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) were second most in the ECHL. The Egmondville, Ontario, native was named the ECHL Player of the Week for October 17-24 and was named the ECHL Player of the Month for October as he finished October with 13 points (6g-7a) in seven games with the Gladiators. His plus-10 rating also led the ECHL in October to earn the Plus Performer of the Month honor.
Now in his sixth season of professional hockey, Nesbitt has appeared in 123 career AHL games between the Rockford IceHogs, Manitoba Moose and San Antonio Rampage. He has 72 points (35g, 37a) and 24 penalty minutes at the AHL level. Last season, the 6’0, 185-pound winger played in 23 games with the IceHogs (4g, 1a) and 37 games with the Toledo Walleye (11g, 22a). In 211 career ECHL games, he has scored 86 goals and added 154 assists for 240 points between Gwinnett, Idaho and Toledo.