Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, the regular season points-champions of the American Hockey League, announced this morning that center Levi Nelson has been signed to an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO) from the Western Hockey League's Swift Current Broncos. With the move, the P-Bruins now have 26 players on their roster, including 14 forwards, eight defensemen and four goaltenders.
Nelson, 19, joins Providence for his second professional stint in as many seasons after appearing in one regular season game and four playoff contests toward the end of the 2006-07 campaign. Drafted by the Boston Bruins 158th overall in the sixth round of the 2006 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Nelson is coming off of his best of three full junior seasons in the WHL. The center recorded career-highs with 25 goals, 36 assists, 61 points and 152 penalty minutes in 67 games before adding 15 points, including seven goals, in 12 postseason contests. His junior season ended last Friday as Swift Current fell to the Calgary Hitmen in six games in the teams' second round playoff series.
The center registered 152 points (65g, 87a) in 198 career WHL games over parts of four seasons with the Broncos, where he finished as Swift Current's Rookie of the Year in his first full year and led the team in scoring in his second. A native of Calgary, Alberta, Nelson finished this season's campaign with 20 multiple-point outings and nine point-streaks of at least three games.