TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed unrestricted free agent Brandon Bochenski to a two-year contract today, owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie announced.
“Brandon is a proven player at the AHL level with more than 100 games of experience in the NHL,” vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton said. “Adding him for the next two years continues to address our need to build organizational depth.”
Bochenski, 6-foot-1, 187 pounds, played in 40 games with Boston, Anaheim and Nashvile last season. He totaled three goals and 13 points in those games. He began the season with Boston and played in 20 games, recording six assists. He was traded to Anaheim on January 2 in exchange for Shane Hnidy and a sixth-round pick. Bochenski played in 12 games with the Ducks and scored two goals with a total of four points. He was sent to Nashville on February 26 in exchange for future considerations. He netted one goal and recorded three points in eight games with the Predators. He also played in three playoff games with Nashville.
A native of Blaine, Minnesota, Bochenski has played in 121 career NHL games with Nashville, Anaheim, Boston, Chicago and Ottawa. He has amassed 24 goals, 54 points, six power-play goals and two game-winning goals. In 2006-07 he established career highs for games played (41), goals (13), assists (11), points (24), power-play goals (3) and game-winning goals (2) with Boston and Chicago. Bochenski also represented the United States in the 2007 IIHF World Championships, recording two goals and five points in seven games.
Bochenski has played in 145 career American Hockey League games, including two last season with the Providence Bruins. He has averaged more than a point per game during his AHL career, scoring 90 goals and recording 183 points. He has also appeared in nine Calder Cup Playoff games, netting two goals and registering three points.
The 26-year-old played three seasons at the University of North Dakota from 2001-2004. He skated in 120 games with the Fighting Sioux, recording 79 goals and 154 points. In 2003-04 he was named a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s top college player after ranking second in the nation with 60 points. He led North Dakota in scoring in each of his final two seasons in 2002-03 and 2003-04. Bochenski was also named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team in 2001-02.
Bochenski was drafted by Ottawa in the seventh round, 223rd overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.