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Florida Panthers Sign Clay Wilson

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Clay Wilson

SUNRISE, FL – Florida Panthers Assistant General Manager Randy Sexton announced today that club has signed D Clay Wilson to a two-year contract.

“Clay is a versatile and mobile player who was one of the top defensemen in the American Hockey League last season,” said Sexton. “He has played a handful of games in the National Hockey League and understands what it takes to compete at this level and will be given the opportunity to compete for a spot on our team in training camp.”

Wilson, 26, split last season between the Atlanta Thrashers and the Columbus Blue Jackets, as well as their American Hockey League affiliates in Syracuse and Chicago.  He recorded a career best 45 points (14-31-45) in 70 games with Syracuse and Chicago last year.

Wilson made his NHL debut during the 2007-08 campaign playing for Columbus, appearing in seven games, scoring one goal with one assist. For his career in the NHL, he played in 14 NHL contests with both Columbus and Atlanta registering three points (1-2-3).

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Clay Wilson’s Career Statistics:

                                     --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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2001-02  Michigan Tech               NCAA   38    4    8   12   18
2002-03  Michigan Tech               NCAA   38    8   17   25   37
2003-04  Michigan Tech               NCAA   37    2   11   13   22
2004-05  Michigan Tech               NCAA   35    3    4    7   42
2004-05  Muskegon Fury               UHL    14    3    3    6    2  17   0   2   2   8
2005-06  Muskegon Fury               UHL    13    3    9   12    9  --  --  --  --  --
2005-06  Grand Rapids Griffins       AHL    60   10   27   37   40  16   0   3   3   8
2006-07  Portland Pirates            AHL    79    9   34   43   52  --  --  --  --  --
2007-08  Portland Pirates            AHL    14    3    5    8    6  --  --  --  --  --
2007-08  Syracuse Crunch             AHL    57   11   28   39   29  13   2   5   7   4
2007-08  Columbus Blue Jackets       NHL     7    1    1    2    2  --  --  --  --  --
2008-09  Syracuse Crunch             AHL    33    8   12   20    6  --  --  --  --  --
2008-09  Columbus Blue Jackets       NHL     5    0    1    1    0  --  --  --  --  --
2008-09  Chicago Wolves              AHL    37    6   19   25   10  --  --  --  --  --
2008-09  Atlanta Thrashers           NHL     2    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --
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         NHL Totals                         14    1    2    3    2

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