The Manitoba Moose have signed Winnipeg-born Jason Kasdorf to a professional tryout. The 27-year-old backstop was actually previously drafted by the Winnipeg Jets 157th overall in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound backstop played for Portage of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for two seasons prior to spending one year with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL. Kasdorf spent the next four years in the NCAA, serving as the No. 1 goaltender with the Division I RPI Engineers.
Kasdorf began his professional career with the Buffalo Sabres organization, splitting time with the Sabres and their America Hockey League affiliate Rochester Americans following the conclusion of his senior year at RPI. The next three seasons were spent between the AHL and ECHL with the Americans, Elmira Jackals, Cincinnati Cyclones and Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Now a veteran of 66 professional games, the former Winnipeg Thrasher is expected to get a shot with both the Moose and the Jacksonville Icemen. With Mikhail Berdin and Eric Comrie holding down starting duties with Manitoba, the opportunity may come more so with the Icemen, as Adam Carlson has been the only reliable option in net for the ECHL squad. Griffen Outhouse and Ben Halford have been less than superb in the Jacksonville net this season.