Most recently, Exelby played for the Grand Rapids Griffins, the AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. He had an AHL career-high season there, putting together seven goals and 14 assists in 75 games–along with 177 penalty minutes. Exelby is a veteran presence, having had experience as team captain with the Rockford IceHogs, a year with the Toronto Maple Leafs and eight years with the Atlanta Thrashers, the team that drafted him in 1999. That tenure made him the team’s longest-serving defenseman. Before the Thrashers, he was on the 2002 Chicago Wolves as they won their first ever Calder Cup.
MacDermid spent most of last season with the Providence Bruins, scoring four goals, adding 12 assists and 121 penalty minutes during 69 games. However, he did get a brief call-up to the parent club, and in his March 4 debut versus the New York Rangers, he even got his first fighting major when he took on the Rangers’ Mike Rupp:
In total, he played five games with the Bruins last season.
A tough presence, in his rookie season with Providence (2009-10), he led the entire team in penalty minutes with 155, second among all rookies in the entire league. Like Christian Hanson and Chris Bourque, two other new Bruins, he too is the son of a hockey player. Paul MacDermid played for the Hartford Whalers, Winnipeg Jets, Washington Capitals and Quebec Nordiques in a career spanning from 1981 to 1995. He too was known for racking up the penalty minutes.
Exelby and MacDermid will most likely join Providence and help bolster the team in its attempts to get better by providing more toughness combined with scoring potential.