Lugano lost Atte Ohtamaa, who joined the Barys Nur-Sultan in the KHL, and signed Paul Postma, an offensive defenseman who’s been already training with the Bianconeri since a while. To sum up, Lugano lost a very defensive defenseman and added a very offensive defenseman.
Let’s get to know more about him.
Date of Birth: 22 febbraio 1989
Paul Postma was born on February 22nd, 1989, in Red Deer (AB, Canada), Alberta’s third most populous city after Calgary and Edmonton with a recorded population of 100’000. It is, by the way, the same city that gave birth to several other guys who became professional ice hockey players. Just like, among others, Kris Russel (Edmonton Oilers), Matt Fraser (Augsburger Panther) and Daine Todd (Iserlohn Roosters).
Paul started to play hockey in his city. Between 2002 and 2005, he played for the Red Deer Chiefs Bantam (AMBHL) where he was also a teammate of the current player of Olten – and former Rapperswil – Dion Knelsen. Between 2005 and 2009 instead, he played in the WHL with the Swift Current Broncos and the Calgary Hitmen. To note that in Calgary, during the last season, he set the team record for single season goals and points. In between, and more precisely in 2007, he was drafted by the Atlanta Trasher in 205th overall position.
AHL… AND NHL DEBUT!
It was right for the Trashers’ farm team, the Chicago Wolves, that Paul Postma played two seasons between 2009 and 2011. To note that during the second season he finally made his NHL debut with the Atlanta Trashers.
Starting from the 2011-12 season then, he joined the Winnipeg Jets franchise, where he stayed for 6 seasons playing both in the NHL and in the AHL with the Jets’ farm team St. John’s IceCaps. In fact, Paul played a whole NHL season in 2014-15.
BOSTON… RUSSIA AND SWITZERLAND
Paul Postma was a free agent at the end of the 2016-17 season and joined the Boston Bruins for the following season. Even in that case, however, he played both in the NHL (14 appearances) and in the AHL with the Providence Bruins (13 appearances). At that point, the Canadian offensive defenseman opted to halt his NA career and transferred to Russia, where he played one season with the AK Bars Kazan. After that, he transferred the Metallurg Magnitogorsk where he played only 10 games before moving to Lugano, firstly for a try-out and then definitively for the current season!
Paul Postma is an offensive defenseman who collected 204 NHL appearances (34 points) and 265 AHL appearances (169 points).
We wanted to get to know more about him, so we got in touch with someone who’s been following him from close in the recent past.
We had therefore the pleasure to meet Garret Hohl, who runs the analytics company “HockeyDataInc”. We asked him what he thinks about Paul Postma and below you can see his impressions on the player.
Postma’s greatest strength is as an offensive weapon. He has a strong shot, solid passer, and sees the ice well. His best asset though is his skating. His weakness is in the defensive zone where he can lose body position due to getting out muscled or out worked. His gap control otherwise is mostly okay; it’s just boxing out or battling on the walls against NHL forwards he loses a bit.
Depending on the level of competition, Postma can generally make up for his defensive deficiencies with his offensive strengths: he reduces his time defending by making sure his team has the puck more.
Thank you very much, Garret!
Paul is an offensive defenseman, which is very good. He is a solid passer, which is also good. What we think is even more important, however, is that Paul Postma is a great skater. We all know in fact, that if you want to succeed in Switzerland you need to have very good skating skills. Lugano, moreover, had the chance to see Paul Postma in action already during the period of trial. We mean, we’re pretty sure that this player can turn out to be a key one for the club.
Welcome to Switzerland, Paul!
* Paul Postma played during his career alongside so many players who are known in our National League. The list is very long. Therefore, let’s just stress that, among the others, Paul had the chance to play alongside several players who are former Lugano. Tim Stapleton (when he played for the Chicago Wolves), David Aebischer (when he played for the St. John’s Ice Caps), Fredrik Pettersson (when he played for the Chicago Wolves) and Patrice Bergeron (when he played for the Boston Bruins). Moreover, last season in Russia (AK Bars Kazan), his coach was the former Bianconeri’s coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov.
* Paul Postma scored his first NHL goal on February 1st, 2013. On that day, his Winnipeg Jets suffered a 8-3 defeat against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Paul scored the Jets’ second goal of the night. As a fun fact, the Lightning’s goalie that night was the former Davos Anders Lindbäck. To note, that Paul Postma tallied that game also two assists.