Rob Schremp, let go by Dinamo Riga in the KHL just a few days ago, and Columbus Blue Jackets forward Derek Dorsett have been signed to contracts by EC Salzburg in Austria.
Drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Schremp made his professional debut during the 2006-07 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, then the Oilers’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. He also made his NHL debut that season, dressing for the Oilers in a game against the Minnesota Wild on April 5, 2007. Schremp had difficulty securing a roster spot with the Oilers and found himself playing primarily for the AHL’s Springfield Falcons over the following two seasons, seeing only limited action with Edmonton. He accumulated 171 points in 216 AHL games during that period, as well as 3 points in 7 games with the Oilers. Schremp posted another 10 goals and 22 points in 45 games with the Islanders during the 2010-11 season, but on February 28, 2011, was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Thrashers. He scored his first goal as a Thrasher on March 9, 2011 against the Carolina Hurricanes. He finished the season with 3 goals and 4 points in 18 games with Atlanta for a total of 26 points in 63 games. After not receiving a contract offer from the Thrashers, Schremp signed a one year deal with Modo in Sweden before signing with Dinamo Riga this past off-season. Schremp was released by Dinamo on Friday after playing 21 games with the big club and 1 games with their farm team affiliate, Metalurgs Liepaja.
Dorsett played major junior hockey with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and helped them win the Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL champions in 2007. Dorsett established himself as a gritty player in Medicine Hat, leading the team in penalty minutes in 2006–07 while finishing tied for second in team scoring with 64 points. Dorsett was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets 189th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Graduating from major junior, he spent2007–08 with the Syracuse Crunch, the Blue Jackets’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. He scored his first NHL goal the following season on October 21, 2008 against Roberto Luongo in a 4-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks. Last season, Dorsett had 238 PIM to go along with 20 points in 77 games.
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