Oct 2, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT
Potter was 27 years old going into the 2011-12 campaign and had only played in nine NHL games to that point. He had already spent four seasons with Michigan State University and another five campaigns playing primarily in the minors.
He finally got his big break with the Edmonton Oilers last season and ended up with 21 points in 62 contests. He led all Oilers blueliners in power-play minutes.
Halfway through his breakout campaign, Potter was rewarded with a two-year, $1.55 million extension. That contract was set to begin this season.
He will compete against Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek, has signed with Graz 99ers of the same league.
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