Chris Yule to Nippon Paper Cranes!
Posted by simon c on 2008 June 7日 Saturday
For whatever reason, the Seibu Prince Rabbits’ Chris Yule, a Team Japan veteran, had been released by the club following the 2007-08 season, even though with 10 goals and 25 assists for 35 points in 30 games he was tied for 5th in the league in scoring! Well, the Nippon Paper Cranes have signed the 33 year old Yule (via Kataribe Jiro-san) who is amazingly going into his 15th season in Japan. The Cranes reached the AL playoff finals this year, and a top sniper in Masahito Nishiwaki (24 goals in 2006-07 was 5th in the league) is returning from a year in the ECHL and should be a stronger player than before he left Japan. With these additions, the Cranes will definitely be one of the favourites to win it all in AL 2008-09.