Over the weekend the Calgary Flames acquired defenseman, Dalton Prout, from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for goaltender Eddie Lack. The NHL veteran of 242 NHL games joins Stockton’s veteran blueline.
The 28-year-old, Ontario native was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the sixth round of 2010 and he has played all seven years of his professional career with the Blue Jackets and New Jersey Devils organizations. This year with the Devils he only appeared in four games, all coming at the NHL level.
In 366 professional games Prout has 11 goals, 52 assists and 450 penalty minutes. The right-shot defenseman has been a mainstay at the NHL level over the last four seasons, appearing in just seven AHL contests.
Prout will be rested and eager to jump in the lineup for Stockton and is eligible for his first appearance this weekend when the Heat welcome the San Antonio Rampage for a weekend set, starting with Rotary Night on Friday, January 5th at 7 PM.
Upon Prout’s arrival in Stockton he was reunited with two familiar faces, fellow defenseman Oleg Yevenko and Cody Goloubef. Prout played with Yevenko last season during his seven-game stint in the AHL with the Cleveland Monsters. Goloubef and Prout have spent the majority of their careers together in Columbus as both players made their NHL debuts with Columbus in the same year back in the 2011-2012 season.
Prout is now the seventh veteran on Stockton’s roster, putting them over the AHL veteran limit of six skaters per game. Players with over 320 professional games before the start of the season qualify for veteran tagline.