MOLINE -- Just over a month before starting the season, the Quad City Mallards took two more steps to another successful campaign Wednesday by signing forwards Garrett Vermeersch and Johnny Rogic.|
Last season's CHL semifinalists now have 19 players under contract, including nine forwards.
Vermeersch was an All-SPHL and all-rookie performer last season for the Peoria Rivermen. The 24-year-old ranked among the league's leaders in points (57), goals (27), assists (30) and plus/minus rating (+18). The 6-foot, 180-pound Michigan native also played four games in the ECHL last season.
"I spoke to coaches who coached against him last season and they said this guy can play,'' Mallards coach Terry Ruskowski said. "He could be a diamond in the rough for us, a guy who was passed over last year but not this year."
Rogic, 23, scored twice and added three assists in 37 games as a senior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute last season. The Canadian was a four-time ECAC All-Academic pick and helped the Engineers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 16 years as a freshman.
"His numbers aren't overwhelming, but watching video of him, Rogic impressed me with what he can do," said Ruskowski. "He's a good, fast skater; he's good going to the net; and he's strong in the corners. If he can do that every day, we have a kid who's a good player nobody really knew about."