The Syracuse Crunch have signed defenseman Adam Comrie to an AHL contract, general manager Julien Brisebois has announced. Comrie spent last season split between the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL and the Reading Royals of the ECHL. He was a third round selection of the Florida Panthers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and will turn 26 on Sunday.

Comrie spent his junior career in the OHL playing for the Saginaw Spirit and Guelph Storm before turning professional for the 2010-11 season. Since turning pro, he has played for the Rochester Americans, Worcester Sharks, and Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL as well as the Cincinnati Cyclones and Reading Royals of the ECHL.

He has 196 career AHL games with 20 goals and 52 assists. In the ECHL, he has 125 career games with 47 goals and 49 assists. He is a big defenseman listed at 6’4″ and 227 pounds, but also has some ability to move the puck. While his NHL dreams are probably no longer in reach, Comrie will provide solid depth for the Syracuse Crunch who in our Crunch roster projection were sitting short a left handed defenseman or two.

If the Crunch end up with more defensemen signed or acquired by the beginning of the season, Comrie could find himself spending time in Michigan with the Lightning’s new ECHL affiliate the Kalamazoo Wings. Otherwise, Comrie will likely find himself on the third pair or in the pressbox while he’s in Syracuse.

This looks to be a good, no-risk signing for the Crunch. AHL contracts don’t count for the Lightning’s 50 contract limit, but the Lightning still retain his rights if they wish to sign him to an NHL contract. Since he is on an AHL contract, it’s also allowed for him to be assigned to the ECHL. Only players on AHL contracts or Entry Level Contracts can be assigned to the ECHL.