A minor league veteran has decided to come back to North America, as Cole Cassels has terminated his contract with Sodertalje SK of the Swedish second league and is expected to sign with the Belleville Senators.
Cassels, 27, has played parts of two seasons with Belleville in the past, including in 2020-21 when he had 17 points in 31 games. The 2013 third-round pick has six full seasons in the AHL but tried his hand overseas this year. It didn’t go well, with zero goals and just two points in 13 games, so Cassels is returning to a place he knows well.
Son of Andrew Cassels, the long-time NHL forward, Cole never did live up to his draft pedigree and hasn’t played a single game at the highest level. Still, he is a solid minor league player that can give the struggling Belleville squad some added depth as they try to compete in the tough North Division. He will likely not be signing an NHL contract, meaning he cannot be recalled to Ottawa.