The Cardiff Devils are one step closer to finalising their roster for the upcoming season, announcing the signing of 36-year-old forward Charles Linglet.
The arrival of Linglet comes with less than two weeks until the Devils drop the puck on their pre-season campaign, beginning with a home and home series against the Nottingham Panthers.
The left-winger from Montreal has had quite the career before joining the Devils for next season. He was a star in juniors for Baie-Comeau Drakkar, posting a huge 123 point season in his third year in the QMJHL, before moving on to a lengthy pro career in North America that including a five game sting in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers, as well as several games in the ECHL and AHL before moving across the pond in 2010 to initially join the KHL.
After seven-years of pro hockey in North America, Linglet had 246 ponts in 331 AHL games, as well as 131 points in 150 games, but since moving to Europe he’s continued to raise his profile with 196 points in 319 KHL contests for Novgorod, Minsk and Zagreb.
In his first year in the KHL with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod he was an immediate success, registering 45 in 53 outings for the Russian side, before moving to Belarus for his first stint with Dinamo Minsk.
While he’s moved about in Europe a little bit since moving over, he’s spent a considerable amount of time in Belarus with Minsk, playing 221 times for the side across six-seasons, registering 124 points for the side, as well as representing the Belarussian national side since 2015.
Now joining the Devils, his arrival really shows the league’s rise in profile to attract stars like Linglet, and with some other signings around the league like Pat Dywer for the Belfast Giants, it is shaping up to be a fantastically competitive season of EIHL action when the puck drops in September.
Linglet comes in an almost automatically becomes a leading player on the Devils offensive unit, and with his experience and talent he may even elevate the games of the likes of Joey Martin even further than it already is.
Head Coach Andrew Lord was full of praise for his latest recruit, stating ““Getting Charles Linglet here is a huge signing for us and there were a few pieces that had to fall in to place to get the deal done. We wouldn’t have been able to get it done without our partnership with Cardiff Met, so again that has proven to be a huge recruitment tool for us.
“In Linglet we are getting a high-end forward and a guy that has been playing in the KHL for the past few years, which is one of the fastest and most skilled leagues in the world.
“We are expecting him to have a big impact in the EIHL this season. He is expected to be in on the weekend ahead of the start of training camp on Monday.”
At 6’2” and over 200lbs, Linglet is more than comfortable holding his own when it comes to the physical side of the game, but he’s quick on his feet for his size with soft hands that are going to make him an imposing force this season.
Linglet is just the third new forward on the team this year with Mike Hedden and Stephen Dixon joining the side, while they only have one bit of new blood on the blueliner with Ben Blood, but another new face may be joining soon after the Devils lost three from their defence last year.
The Devils reportedly have one more player left to announce before their pre-season begins against the Nottingham Panthers in two-weeks time, and given comments made earlier in the season the next signing could be just as impressive as the Devils don’t show their cards too early on.
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