Free-agent forward Brian Lebler became the first Syracuse Crunch player to sign with the AHL club under the affiliation agreement with the Ducks.
The Ducks would like him to become more than just a trivia answer, of course. At 6-foot-3 and 212 pounds, he possesses NHL size. A natural checking-liner, Lebler’s offense evolved during a four-year career at the University of Michigan. The Pentincton, B.C. native finished third on the Wolverines with 14 goals as a senior in 2009-10. Lebler also had 10 assists and 59 penalty minutes in 42 games.
In 145 games over four seasons at Michigan from 2006-10, Lebler compiled 33 goals, 26 assists and 216
penalty minutes. His father, Ed, played hockey at Wisconsin and won an NCAA Championship in