Left winger Alex Guptill had a bit of a journeyman’s season during his 2015-16 campaign, splitting his time between the AHL’s Rochester Americans and Binghamton Senators as well as the ECHL’s Evansville IceMen and the Manchester Monarchs.
Of the four teams, though, the forward has ultimately inked a new deal for next year with only one of them.
Guptill has been confirmed with a new extension for the 2016-17 season to return to the ECHL Monarchs, with whom he spent 14 games last year. During his stint in Manchester, he put up his best numbers, racking up 10 points in just 14 games and putting up just nine penalty minutes.
A native of Burlington, Ontario, the 24-year-old forward was a former third round draft pick of the Dallas Stars, selected 77th overall in 2010 by the Central Division club. He’s never hit the NHL level, though, moving around through the minors since leaving the NCAA’s University of Michigan after three seasons. He’s split his time thus far between the AHL and the ECHL, putting up consistent offensive numbers to go with sporadic penalty tallies as well.
The ECHL’s Monarchs, formerly the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, still serve as a linked team to the Pacific Division NHL club (just at a lower level) – but it’s not likely that Guptill, at this point, will work his way that far back up the depth chart. Still, the possibility of him pushing for an AHL spot isn’t out of the realm of possibility at this point.