Born: October 26, 1983 (age 26)
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Transactions (from AHL.com): Selected by the Dallas Stars in the sixth-round (195 overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft…Traded to the Florida Panthers along with a draft pick (Enver Lisin) for Valeri Bure on March 8, 2004…Signed with the Los Angeles Kings as an unrestricted free agent on August 23, 2007…Inked a one-year deal with the Kings on July 20, 2009 ... Signed a two-way deal with the Minnesota Wild in July 2010.
In 2009-10, it can be argued that the Aeros had too many guys in leadership roles; conversely, that left too few other guys doing all the dirty work, etc. I feel this might be one of the contributing factors as to why the Aeros just did not hate losing bad enough and kept them from putting together anything more than just a three-game winning streak. I think the Aeros needed a "speak-with-your actions" kind of leader, and it looks like Jim Mill found just that with the signing of Drew Bagnall. Bagnall is a stay-at-home-guy that I think Aeros fans will be glad was not re-signed by the Los Angeles Kings Organization.
In 58 games for Manchester last year, Bagnall scored two goals and added 10 assists for 12 points. He added 113 PIMs and was the captain of a team that rode the back of goalie Jonathan Bernier through a respectable playoff run.
According to a well-respect hockey prospects site on the Internet: "Bagnall has good size and likes to play the body. He has solid instincts in all zones and usually can be counted on to make a key clear or keep the crease clear. He loves to shoot and join the rush. Bagnall also has very good stamina and can log a lot of minutes, including special teams play."
Bagnall is not known as a fighter, but he will stand up for anyone on his team. For more information on his fights from the past, click here.
Even though he has been mostly durable throughout his career, he did miss quite a few games (starting in December) with a lower body injury. He scored two goals last year, none of which came after he returned from injury.
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