Adam Henrich was in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ training camp a year ago. Now he’s in a Reign jersey. What a difference a year (and two injuries) can make.
Released from a pro tryout agreement four days ago with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons, Henrich signed an ECHL deal with the Reign and is set to go in tomorrow’s season opener.
“I thought coming over here could be something different and could be good for me,” Henrich said. “I got released from Springfield, and this was my next option.”
At 6 feet, 4 1/2 inches and 220 pounds, Henrich is the Reign’s largest forward, and also their most accomplished. A second-round draft pick (60th overall) by Tampa Bay in 2002, Henrich has 186 AHL games to his credit, with 31 goals and 82 points in those games. In 101 career ECHL games, Henrich has 45 goals and 88 points.
Last season in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Penguins’ AHL affiliate, he had three goals and 11 points in 37 games. But Henrich said he was never fully healthy after hurting his knee in Pittsburgh’s training camp.
“Then it finally got better, things were going well, and in the second game of playoffs, I end up breaking my wrist,” he said.
Henrich was surprised to be released four games into his tryout with Springfield, which had struggled to a 1-3 start and was collecting penalties (131 PIM in four games) at an alarming rate.
“It’s easy to change something up like that — the guy who’s not under contract, even though I was getting an opportunity, they came to me.” he said. “Five, six, seven games is a lot more than four, especially when you’re not winning and taking a lot of penalties.”
More from Henrich, plus some season/Game 1 preview stuff, in tomorrow’s editions.