The Nottingham Panthers Sign Right Winger – Jon Rheault
The Nottingham Panthers have signed American born forward: Jon Rheault for the upcoming season. Jon was a fifth round NHL draft pick by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2006. Since then, he has played in the ECHL and AHL, before having a short stint with the Florida Panthers, in the NHL.
The 31 year old was a DEL champion in the season of 2014-2015, while playing with the Adler Mannheim. He had three seasons in the DEL before moving to the Swiss league of the NLB in 16/17; and then onto the Austrian league of EBEL in the previous season.
Chernomaz spoke to Panthers’ Radio ‘Xynomix’ and said that “He has tremendous speed”, which coincides with the type of team that the head coach is intending to build; having quick wingers, for a heavily offensive based strategy.
In his younger years of playing hockey, he played for Province University in the NCAA, and during his first year with the team he ascertained the Rev. Herman Schneider Award, which was given to the team’s most valuable freshman. He also received the Lou Lamoriello Award in his next two seasons with the university, which is awarded to the most valuable player.
It will be exciting to see what he brings to the team come August when the pre-season starts. An interesting match up for line mates could be Farmer on left wing, who also possesses speed and agility, and could make for a great forward line.