Vancouver Giants Alumni Update Part 4/6
Andrej Meszaros (27 years)
After just 1 season in the WHL, Meszaros garnered a lot of attention from the NHL with 41 points in 59 games. He made an immediate jump to the NHL with the Ottawa Senators, where he spent 3 very successful seasons (not missing a single game), picking up between 35-39 points each year. Before the 08-09 season, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He spent 2 seasons there with reduced point totals, and was subsequently dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers. Most recently, Meszaros is coming off a 25 point season in 62 games with the Flyers. 2012-2013 will be his 3rd season with the Flyers, and the 5th of a 6-year, $24 million contract.
Darren Lynch (29 years)
After his 3 successful seasons with the Giants ended 03-04, Lynch went to the city of lights to play for the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers in 04-05. The following season, he had a brief 4 game stint in the AHL (recording 2 assists) before going back to Las Vegas in the ECHL. Late in the season he was traded to the South Carolina Stingrays, and at the tail end of the 05-06 season, he decided to call it a career and pursue other interests.
Tyson Sexsmith (23 years)
While Gilbert Brule is talked about as the best Giants forward of all-time and Jonathan Blum as the best Giants dman of all time, Tyson Sexsmith has to be considered the best Giants netminder of all time. He set all sorts of team records between the pipes, with jaw-dropping numbers when it mattered most; the playoffs. After being drafted by the San Jose Sharks 91st overall in 2007, his rookie year in the AHL didn’t go as planned in 2009-2010, where he posted a 3.94 GAA and .860 SV% in 13 games. With that, Sexsmith was sent to the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings that same season, where he shone with a 2.50 GAA and .932 SV%. He then made significant strides after being called back to Worcester in 2010-11 for 6 games, where he had a 2.94 GAA and .902 SV%. This all led to what can be considered a breakout season last year, where Sexsmith appeared in 34 games with Worcester (AHL), posting a 2.33 GAA and .916 SV%. You would think the Sharks would take notice, but they did not qualify Sexsmith, so he is currently an unrestricted free agent.
Lance Bouma (22 years)
Another heart and soul player loved by his teammates, Bouma finished off his 5 years in Vancouver as captain of the Giants in 2009-10. Since then, the Calgary Flames prospect has been with that organization, mostly in the AHL for the Abbotsford Heat. However, he appeared in 16 games with the Flames in 2010-11, and 27 games last year, which included his first career NHL goal. Heading into 2012-13, this will be Bouma’s last of a 3-year entry level deal, and rumour has it the Flames are interested in keeping him around permanently this time.
Brent Regner (23 years)
A late 5th round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2008, this offensive defenseman finished his WHL career in style, wrapping up the 08-09 season with 67 points in 70 games for the Giants. Since then, he’s played 3 respectable seasons in the AHL, 1 year with the Syracuse Crunch, and then 2 years with the Springfield Falcons. His 3-year entry-level contract is now up and he has not been made a qualifying offer, so he is currently an unrestricted free agent himself, much like Tyson Sexsmith.