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Gladiators get Grantham, Jakaitis from AHL

DULUTH -- The Gwinnett Gladiators added two players to the training camp roster and released two players Tuesday. Forward Ryley Grantham has been assigned to the Gladiators from NHL Calgary and goaltender Jeff Jakaitis from Buffalo.

Jakaitis notched a 2.58 goals against average and earned a 22-17-3 record with the Dayton Gems of the Central Hockey League last year. He also appeared in nine games in the AHL, three with Worcester and six with Portland. He posted a combined .900 save percentage in the AHL last season and was with Rochester until being sent to Gwinnett.

The Rochester, Minn., native recorded a 25-14-0 record with Val Pusteria HC in Italy in 2009-10. He earned a 2.61 goals against average and posted a .928 save percentage in 39 games. Jakaitis began his professional career in the ECHL in 2007-08, appearing in 36 games with Columbia and played in 47 games with Charlotte the following season.

Grantham split time last year with the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL and the Utah Grizzlies. He had five points in 14 games with the Grizzlies. He played 22 games with Abbotsford last season and 67 games there in his rookie season (2009-10).

Grantham played four seasons in the Western Hockey League with Moose Jaw and Kelowna from 2006-09. In four seasons in the WHL, Grantham had 53 points (46 goals, 27 assists) in 166 games.

The Gladiators released forwards Shawn Skelly and Nick Pitsikoulis from training camp. The roster now stands at 21 players with the season opener Friday in Florida.