The Toronto Marlies announced the signing of four forwards to AHL contracts on Friday. Jack Badini, Brett Budgell, Zach OBrien and Zach Solow each signed one-year handles the club.
The 24-year-old Badini scored two goals and hard seven points in 46 games with the NORTH PARK Gulls earlier this season. The Greenwich, Connecticut native appeared in 97 games over three seasons (2017-20) with Harvard University (NCAA), collecting 51 points (24 goals, 27 assists). He captured the Clark Cup with the Chicago Steel (USHL) in 2017. Badini was originally selected by Anaheim in the 3rd round (91st overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft.
The 21-year-old Budgell recorded 79 points (40 goals, 39 assists) in 67 games earlier this season as captain with the Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL). He also appeared in 15 playoff games, registering 20 points (12 goals, 8 assists). The St. Johns native played in 270 career QMJHL games all with Charlottetown, collecting 107 goals and 134 assists. Budgell attended the 2021 Traverse City Prospect Tournament with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
OBrien may be the oldest of the signings at 30. He appeared in 53 games with the Newfoundland Growlers (ECHL), registering 28 goals and 50 assists. He was tied for second overall in points (78) in the standard season. The St. Johns native found 18 points (4 goals, 14 assists) in 13 postseason games. He captured the Kelly Cup in 2019 and was named the Kelly Cup Playoffs MVP. OBrien has skated in 13 career games with the Marlies.
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The 23-year-old Solow split earlier this season between your Milwaukee Admirals and the Florida Everblades (ECHL). Skating in 18 games with the Everblades, he recorded 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) and added 18 points (9 goals, 9 assists) in 19 playoff appearances before capturing the Kelly Cup. The Naples, Florida native appeared in 132 career NCAA games with Northeastern University, registering 44 goals and 60 assists through four seasons. Ahead of his collegiate career, Solow played for the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) where he recorded probably the most assists (51), most points (69) and was named USHL Forward of the entire year and to the initial All-Star Team in 2016-17.
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