Rivermen General Manager Kevin McDonald announced today the club has traded
forward Derek Nesbitt to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in
exchange for future considerations.
Nesbitt, 30, set a new AHL career-high in goals (26) this
season for the Rivermen and also led the team with eight power-play markers. His
21 assists and 47 points are second to only his linemate T.J. Hensick.
He initially joined the Rivermen on Nov. 11, 2010
on a professional tryout contract and erupted with 42 points (17g, 25a) in 55
overall games. He was tied for the team lead in power-play goals with 10 and
notched three game-winners. He was signed by Peoria to a standard player
contract on Dec. 21, 2010.
He started the 2010-11 season with the Gwinnett
Gladiators of the ECHL. In 11 games, he
posted 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) and a plus-10 rating. 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.
In seven seasons of professional
hockey, Nesbitt has appeared in 253 career AHL games between the Rockford
IceHogs, Manitoba Moose, San Antonio Rampage and
Peoria. He has 156 points (66g, 90a) and
44 penalty minutes at the AHL level. In
2009-10, 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
Prior to turning pro, Nesbitt spent four years at
Ferris State University where he accumulated 141 points (59g, 82a) in 154