Center Josh Currie, who had a breakthrough year with the Condors last season, has been rewarded with a two-year American Hockey League contract by the team.
Currie, 24, scored a career-high 22 goals for the Condors in his first full season at the AHL level.
“I’m glad we got him done,” Condors coach Gerry Fleming said Thursday. “He’s been with the organization now for three years and has opened a lot of eyes in what he is capable of doing.
“First and foremost, he’s a good citizen. Everytime he’s on the ice, he’s going to give you everything he’s got. That comes back to being a good teammate. Ask anybody and everybody who played with him.”
A prolific scorer at the junior level, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Currie led the Prince Edward Island Rockets with 49 goals in his final year of play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Undrafted, he spent two-plus seasons in the ECHL, the first year with Gwinnett (Ga.), before joining the Condors for the 2014-15 season. When Bakersfield moved up to the AHL the following year, Currie started the season in the ECHL. The Condors called him up in November 2015, and he earned his first AHL contract early in 2016.
Currie had two hat tricks last season and has 60 points (32 goals, 28 assists) in 120 AHL games.
The Condors also announced the signing of right wing Zach O’Brien (81 points in 175 AHL games) to a one-year deal.
The Edmonton Oilers signed seven free agents to two-way NHL contracts on Saturday with most, if not all, of those players expected to start the season with the Condors.
“We’re pretty happy right now,” Fleming said of how the team is shaping up. “Obviously, we’re still looking for a No. 1 center, but the organization has done a lot of hard work to get players here, and kudos to them.
“We haven’t made the playoffs for the past two years and we want to make a push.”
In other news, the Condors announced the dates of their two preseason games — Sept. 28 at home against San Jose and Sept. 29 at San Jose.
The AHL regular season runs Oct. 6 through April 15.