The Detroit Red Wings are anticipating the signing of 2008 draft pick Max Nicastro sometime this summer, according to Ansar Khan of MLive.com. Nicastro was the team's third-round pick in the 2008 entry draft and was the 91st overall selection. After July 1, the team plans to sign him and assign him to the Grand Rapids Griffins, Khan reports.
His source is Red Wings general manager Jim Nill, who says that Nicastro has good size and can shoot the puck. The reason the Red Wings haven't signed him until this point is that Nicastro has had some legal troubles stemming from a rape charge following his Feb. 19 arrest. Authorities recently dropped the charges against him.
Nicastro was accused of assaulting a female student on campus and was suspended from the team, at which point he withdrew from school. At any rate, he's moving on and the Red Wings are moving on, with Nill saying that whatever is in the past is just that: in the past. The Red Wings are excited about him going forward, and it's good to see the charges dropped when it's something like that.