Zaborsky flees to Finland
Thursday October 15th 2009, 12:20 am
Photo: Charlotte Checkers

Photo: Charlotte Checkers

New York Rangers 2006 fifth round draft pick Tomas Zaborsky has refused his reassignment to the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL, choosing instead to sign with Porin Ässät of the Finnish SM-liiga.  The 22-year old Slovak, who has two years remaining on his entry level deal with New York, was among the Hartford Wolf Pack’s final training camp cuts last month.

Zaborsky ultimately fell victim to a numbers game in Hartford.  With three veteran centers penciled into the line-up from the start, and Paul Crowder having an impressive camp, there was simply no spot for him on the roster, despite playing well enough to earn one.

This is the second year running that Zaborsky has been assigned to Charlotte to start the season.  Last January, dissatisfied with the ice time he was getting from Checkers head coach Derek Wilkinson, Zaborsky requested a move and was loaned to the Daynton Bombers, also of the ECHL.  Playing on the Bombers top line, Zaborsky put up 16 points in 19 games and earned a call-up to Hartford, where he scored three points in eight games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.

Faced with a return to Charlotte, Zaborsky opted to sign in Finland (with the Rangers blessing, according to Leslie Treff of Hockey’s Future).  He’s expected to make his debut for Ässät on Friday.

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    bummer i really pulled for that kid to get a shot and he didn’t seem to get one… if only patrick rismiller wasn’t around….

    Comment by Amos 10.15.09 @ 3:41 pm

    Sorry if you’ve already covered this…Wisconsin opener v Colorado College is scheduled to be on dishtv channel 445 tonight at 8pm eastern.

    Comment by blurt 10.16.09 @ 2:15 pm

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