OXFORD, Ohio – The second day of NHL free agency saw three former Miami University hockey players sign two-way contracts.
Former RedHawk forward Andy Miele was signed by the Detroit Red Wings while forward Carter Camper and defenseman Chris Wideman inked two-way deals with the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.
A four-year standout from 2007-11 at Miami, Miele spent the past three seasons in the Phoenix (now Arizona) Coyotes’ organization. He played a combined 15 NHL games for the Coyotes across those three years, tallying two points (both assists). He was a dynamic force for the Coyotes’ American Hockey League affiliate Portland Pirates, putting up 107 points (35 goals, 72 assists) in 139 games. He is coming off his best pro season, where he finished third in the AHL with a career-high 72 points (27 goals, 45 assists) in 70 games.
Miele tallied 159 points on 60 goals and 99 assists for the RedHawks, the sixth-highest total in program history. He became the program’s first Hobey Baker Award winner during the 2010-11 season, when he racked up 71 points on 24 goals and 47 assists in his senior campaign. That point total tied for the second most in a season by a RedHawk.
Wideman has already spent two pro seasons in Ottawa’s organization honing his game with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators. After posting 18 points (2 goals, 16 assists) in 60 games during his 2012-13 rookie season, the St. Louis, Missouri native erupted for 51 points on nine goals and 42 assists while finishing +5 in 73 contests. During his four years at Miami, Wideman totaled 95 points (12 goals, 83 assists) in 163 games. He also finished with a +58 rating.
Camper is Miami’s second all-time leading scorer, registering 183 points on 69 goals and 114 assists in 156 games. He began his pro career with a three-game stint with the Providence Bruins following his senior season in 2010-11. In 170 games with Providence, Camper put up 128 points on 37 goals and 91 assists. The Rocky River, Ohio native also has three NHL games with the Bruins to his credit, all of which came during the 2011-12 season. He scored one goal during his call up. A midseason trade this past winter sent him from Boston to the Columbus Blue Jackets, where he tallied 20 points (4 goals, 16 assists) with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons.
The three deals bring Miami’s offseason total to four pro signings since free agency began on July 1. Defenseman Dan Boyle joined the New York Rangers on a two-year deal shortly after the signing period began.