The Milwaukee Admirals re-signed defenseman Jimmy Oligny to a one-year AHL contract yesterday afternoon. He signed his first pro-contract with the Admirals last June after finishing up his time with Rimouski Océanic of the QMJHL.
Press Release via Milwaukee Admirals:
Milwaukee, WI—The Milwaukee Admirals have announced today they have signed defenseman Jimmy Oligny to an AHL contract.
A Lasarre, QE native, Oligny recorded one goal and four assists for a total of five points during his rookie year as an Admiral in 2014-15. He also racked up 46 penalty minutes while playing in 53 games.
Prior to playing with the Admirals, Oligny skated with the Rimouski Oceanic in the QMJHL, where he recorded 36 points (7g-29a) during the 2013-14 campaign. During his single season with the Oceanic, a franchise that produced Sidney Crosby, Oligny contributed eight points (3g-5a) in their 2013-14 playoff run. He also played four years with the Charlottetown Islanders.
I’m a wee bit late to the party on this one but, if it makes me feel any better, I just about called my own shot/this re-signing with Summer Ramblings yesterday. Oligny is just the type of defenseman that works for the Nashville Predators system from the attacking aspect from the blue line. He may have only produced 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) in 52 games but it is his skating ability that can allow him to jump up into the rush, step up from the blue line to pinch in the offensive zone, and not get too caught out racing back defensively.
It was Oligny’s first season as a pro last year and he was never shipped down to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. That tells me the coaching staff had lots of confidence in his abilities and it also should be a reminder of his work as a rookie. I feel as if there’s much more to see from Oligny’s game and bringing him right back to a team and situation he is familiar with is a great way to see just how much he has to offer.
As of right now the current Admirals defensive core for the 2015-16 season looks something like this: Johan Alm, Jonathan Diaby, Kristian Näkyvä, Garrett Noonan, Jimmy Oligny, Jaynen Rissling, and Mikko Vainonen (assuming he comes back to North America). The rest still needs to work itself out in free agency: Taylor Aronson (RFA), Anthony Bitetto (RFA), Joe Piskula (UFA).