University of Alaska Anchorage defenseman Lee Baldwin (6'4" 203lbs) has apparently signed (I've got no link to any announcement) with the New York Rangers after just one season with the Seawolves. The 21 year old (April '88) Baldwin came to the Seawolves after a BCHL All-Star/Team MVP season with the Victoria Grizzlies in 2008-2009. This past season, he finished the season with UAA amassing 1 goal and 9 assists in 32 games.
Baldwin showed all the right potential to progress his hockey career to the next level and had been garnering attention from NHL scouts since his final year of junior hockey. Lee looked well-suited to the college game when he hit the ice here and progressed throughout the season. He has some development to attend to before we see him skate in the big show, but hopefully for him that will be sooner rather than later.
You can never blame a young man for getting a payday while continuing his hockey development. In Lee's case, I personally think it's "six of one and half a dozen of the other "with regard to whether he can accomplish that goal best from the WCHA or the AHL. So it's understandable to pursue the NHL dream while getting paid versus toiling in college for a schollie.
Congratulations to Lee and best of luck to him in the future. With a stable of 5/6 defensemen (Leinweber being a swing player) plus 2 listed defensive recruits for next season, I'd have to say it's an open question whether the Seawolves will be looking to recruit another blueliner for next season. They may, they may not.