Second round draft pick of the Boston Bruins, Petr Kalus from the Czech Republic has put pen to paper for the GMB Nottingham Panthers and will fly in, hopefully in time to debut against Sheffield this weekend.

Flights and paperwork are being worked on and if all goes well the six feet one inch winger will take his place in the line-up against our biggest rivals.

He was drafted in 2005 (39TH overall) and scored four goals plus an assist in nine games for the Bruins the following year. He also iced twice for the Minnesota Wild in the NHl in 2009/10 and has had stints in the AHL (mostly with Houston), the AHL and the KHL as well as time in Sweden, Italy, Czech and Slovakian leagues.

He was wanted by at least one other Elite League club but has opted to join the Panthers. Head coach Corey Neilson said : “I am happy he chose the Panthers from all the options available. He’s a strong skater and one report says he hits like a truck and will be like a bulldog making room for his line-mates. He works hard and knows what we’re expecting of him.

“As a team we were winning games without reaching the highest of standards that we set in the Panthers’ organisation. Last weekend was disappointing for us and we decided it was time to do something about it. We will not be carrying this roster, we have more imports than you are allowed but we also have injuries to deal with, there are going to be changes. We have a standard of excellence in mind and we have yet to achieve that this season.”

Assistant coach Rick Strachan joins us on Panthers Radio (with Xynomix) to comment on the team’s latest recruit.