With no North American contract to boot, former NHL defenseman Jeff Woywitka has signed with the Augsburger Panthers of the DEL.
Woywitka was drafted in the 1st round, 27th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. After reporting to Philadelphia’s AHL affiliate for his first professional season in 03-04, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers midway through the season along with a 1st round pick (Rob Schremp) in 2004 and a 3rd round pick (Danny Syvret) in 2005 in exchange for Mike Comrie. Before even playing a game with the Oilers, he was traded along with Eric Brewer and Doug Lynch to the St. Louis Blues for Chris Pronger.
After short stints with the Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers, Woywitka returned to the Blues in a depth defensive role last season. Woywitka had a goal and 11 points in 34 AHL games with the Peoria Riverman, but other than an additional call-up during the playoffs, Woywitka would not actually suit up for the Blues during his second stint with the club. At the age of 30 with little upside to show for, it’s very likely he will never return to the NHL again.
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