HC SLOVAN BRATISLAVA SIGNED A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH THE AMERICAN FORWARD ANDREW YOGAN.
Andrew Yogan (born December 4, 1991, Coconut Creek, Florida, USA) is historically the first player to be drafted into the NHL among those born and raised in hockey in Florida. In 2010, the New York Rangers chose him from the 100th place in the 4th round.
As a junior, Yogan played in the OHL for Windsor Spitfires, Peterborough Pete’s and especially Erie Otters. His most successful season was in 2011/12, in which he was the 6th best player of the entire league with 41 goals. At the same time, he improved his game on the defensive, which secured him the first senior contract in the AHL Connecticut Whale team and shortly thereafter - in March 2012 - a professional two-way contract with the New York Rangers. Later, the "Rangers" traded him for to Florida Panthers, but in the end, he did not record a single game in the best league in the world.
In subsequent seasons, Andrew Yogan played alternately in the AHL with Hartford Wolf Pack, San Antonio Rampage, Iowa Wild, Syracuse Crunch and St. Louis. John’s Icecaps’. He however, scored more points in the lower ECHL, especially in the Cincinnati Cyclones.
Before the 2016/17 season, Yogan headed for Europe, remaining loyal to the multinational ICE HL (formerly EBEL) League for the next five seasons. He gradually defended the colours HC Bolzano, HC TWK Innsbruck, Fehérvár AV19 and last year Dornbirner EC. In this competition he scored a total of 227 points in 213 matches, in the playoffs he added another 14 points in 20 matches. Last year, with 52 points, he was the most productive player of his team and the seventh most productive in the entire league.
"We watched Andrew Yogan throughout last season at ICE HL. In his game he can use excellent physical preconditions (height 191 cm, weight 93 kg), he also has a good shot and dexterous hands. He is a flexible forward who can play in the position of the center as well as on the wing. In addition, he has valuable European experience, he knows how to play on European ice rinks. We will also expect significant help from him in the Slovan jersey and decent productivity, "said Maroš Krajči, general manager.
Andrew Yogan will arrive in Bratislava at the end of July and complete the part of the summer pre-season training with the team before the 2021/22 season.