San Antonio Rampage General Manager Brad Treliving today announced that the American Hockey League (AHL) club has signed defensemen Jimmy Sharrow and Justin Kinnunen to professional try-out (PTO) contracts.
Sharrow, 25, has appeared in 40 games in 2009-10 with the Victoria Salmon Kings (ECHL), registering 34 points (10g, 24a) and 29 penalty minutes. He began the season with the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL), compiling two points (1g, 1a) in four games, and recorded a plus-1 rating in one game with the Manitoba Moose (AHL).
In 2008-09, the Framingham, Massachusetts native totaled 14 points (4g, 10a) in 67 games with Manitoba and the Rockford IceHogs (AHL) after being traded by the Vancouver Canucks (NHL) to the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) on Dec. 9, 2008.
The 6-foot-2, 198-pound blueliner has amassed 73 points (15g, 58a) and 125 penalty minutes in 201 career AHL contests with Manitoba, Rockford and Chicago.
Sharrow was originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the fourth round, 110th overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Kinnunen, 28, joins the Rampage from the Texas Brahmas of the Central Hockey League (CHL) where he has played 40 games in 2009-10, posting 19 points (5g, 14a) and a plus-12 rating.
In 2008-09, the Negaunee, Michigan native recorded 33 points (12g, 21a) in 47 games with Texas and was named a starter for the 2009 CHL All-Star game. He made his AHL debut with San Antonio in January of 2009 and registered one assist and 10 penalty minutes in 11 games with the Rampage.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound defenseman has amassed 95 points (28g, 67a) and 185 penalty minutes in three seasons with the Brahmas. Kinnunen split the 2006-07 season with Muskegon and Flint in the United Hockey League (UHL), now the IHL, where he totaled 21 points (5g, 16a) between the two teams.
Kinnunen appeared in 13 games in France with Briancon totaling seven points in the 2005-06 season and in 2004-05 he tallied nine goals and 20 assists with the Dayton Bombers (ECHL).
While attending Northern Michigan University (2000-04), Kinnunen netted 14 goals and 24 assists through 148 career NCAA games. At the end of his senior year he joined the Bombers for five games collecting two goals and three assists.
The Rampage travel to Illinois this weekend for a pair of 7:05 p.m. matchups with the Rockford IceHogs at the Rockford MetroCentre on Friday and Saturday.