Archive for October 1st, 2010

Devils Add Eight More; Roster Begins To Take Shape

October 1, 2010

While the team officially announced three more signings today, the ECHL provided a look behind the mysterious red curtain that is the Devils organization, revealing eight more previously unannounced signings.

Forward Jeremy Akeson and defensemen Gord Burnett and Justin Coutu have been brought back.  In addition, the T-Devils are bringing in defensemen Martin Nolet, Jordon Southorn and forwards Matt Kang, Brett Valiquette and Garett Vassel.

The moves have Trenton’s current roster looking a little something like this…

FORWARDS (9): Ryan Hayes, Nick Kemp, Matt Vokes, Tony Zancanaro, Ryan Ginand, Jeremy Akeson, Matt Kang, Brett Valiquette, Garett Vassel

DEFENSE (5): David Leaderer, Gord Burnett, Justin Coutu, Martin Nolet, Jordon Southorn

GOALIES (1): Jeff Lerg

And, keep in mind, several players still need to be assigned from AHL Albany, with goalie Dave Caruso among the names you’ll see headed down in a few days.

But let’s take a look at the guys heading to Trenton, shall we?

Akeson is a rugged 25-year-old winger with great leadership ability who has a chance to have a letter on his sweater this season.  In his third year in Trenton, the Ottawa native has posted a 26-33-59 line in 95 games with the T-Devils.  He’ll need to stay healthy this season to show he deserves an opportunity at the next level.

Burnett is a 29-year-old defenseman who has no problem dropping the gloves with the other team’s heavyweights.  Though discipline has been a problem for Burnett at times, his season was cut short by an arm injury last season.  In parts of two seasons with Trenton, he has one assist and 108 penalty minutes in 22 contests.

Coutu made progress in his game last season, earning his first career call-up to the AHL after a solid season in Trenton.  Coutu, 25, has spent the past season and a half in the capital city and has a 5-16-21 line in 83 regular season games for the T-Devils.  But he’s likely best remembered for his game-tying goal in Game 6 of the first round of the playoffs two seasons ago, which sent the game to overtime and eventually to a Game 7.

Nolet will turn 24 by the time the season starts, and is a former Los Angeles Kings draft pick looking to make his pro debut.  He spent his last four seasons playing collegiately at UMass-Amherst, and tallied a career-high five goals last season and tied a career high for points (9) in the process.  Find out more about Nolet here.

Southorn was the Buffalo Sabres fourth round selection in the 2008 draft.  Just 20 years old, the Montreal native will be making his pro debut with Trenton.  He’s spent his past four seasons with the PEI Rocket of the QMJHL and has one 30+ and one 40+ point season under his belt.  Read more about him here.

Kang has a name you might remember — not just because Kang and Kodos make up the evil Alien duo in The Simpsons — due to his brief stint with the Johnstown Chiefs at the end of last season.  Just 21 years old, Kang split his first pro season between Johnstown and Las Vegas, scoring six goals and adding six assists in 49 games.  In juniors, he posted a 66 points (30-36-66) in 66 games campaign with Kingston in 2007-08.

Valiquette was plucked out of the OJHL (Ontario Junior Hockey League).  He played there last season with the Couchiching Terriers and scored 22 goals and added 33 assists with 120 penalty minutes in 47 games. 

Vassel is a 25-year-old Northampton, NY native who will be making his pro debut after playing collegiately at RPI for the past four seasons.  In 122 games, Vassel has scored four goals with nine assists while racking up 77 penalty minutes.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

ECHL Training Camp Rosters Announced

October 1, 2010

(PR) ECHL Announces Training Camp Rosters

PRINCETON, N.J. – The following are the training camp rosters as submitted to the ECHL office by each ECHL team on Sept. 30.

Alaska Aces
Travis Yonkman, G; Bryce Christianson, G; Alan Mazur, D; Craig Gaudet, D; Bryan Miller, D; Mads Schaarup, D; Jeff McPhee, D; Kyle Raftis, D; Brian Swanson, C; Brandon Vossberg, C; Wes Goldie, RW; Addison DeBoer, LW; Scott Burt, LW; Garry Nunn, F; T.J. Battani, F; Chris Langkow, F; Phillip Ischi, F.

Bakersfield Condors
Peter Hirsch, G; Erik Burgdoerfer, D; Evan Stoflet, D; Antonin Manavian, D; Sebastian Strom, D; Yan Turcotte, D; Kevin Igier, D; John Kemp, C; Adam Naglich, RW; Erick Lizon, RW; Carter Smith, RW; Michael Stinziani, RW; Braden Walls, RW; Jean-Marc Beaudoin, LW; Adam Chorneyko, LW; Mika Suoraniemi, LW; J.D. Corbin, LW; Karl Gagne, F.

Cincinnati Cyclones
Justin Axelson, G; Ted Nischan, G; Doug Krantz, D; Kevin Roeder, D; Brad Schroeder, D; David Sloane, D; Mark Van Vliet, D; Ryan Hitchcock, D; Barret Ehgoetz, F; Mathieu Aubin, F; Adam Bartholomay, F; Jon Higgins, F; Christiaan Minella, F; Brodie Sheahan, F; Anthony Iaquinto, F; Scott Reynolds, F; Eric Slais, F; Sam D’Agostino, F.

Elmira Jackals
Marco Cousineau, G; Shane Connelly, G; Mark Rajevski, G; Eric Regan, D; Sebastien Bernier, D; Chris Frank, D; Brad Miller, D; Brett Beauchamp, D; Tomas Zaborsky, F; Ryan Hiller, F; Brock McBride, F; Brett Gallant, F; Zach Harrison, F; Dustin Cameron, F; Maxime Tanguay, F; Chris Moran, F; Marco Desveaux, F; Blake Gallagher, F; Jason Hill, F; David Lawrence, F; Zak Ray, F; Darick Ste-Marie, F.

Florida Everblades
Reed Swanson, G; Brian Markowicz, G; Nate Zervous, G; David Fischer, D; Tommy Powers, D; Evgeny Timkin, F; Mathieu Roy, F; Kevin Deeth, F; Ross Carlson, F; Oleg Kuzmin, F; Tristian Cameron-Harper, F; Richie Smith, F.

Greenville Road Warriors
Roster will be announced at a later date.

Gwinnett Gladiators
Ian Vigier, G; Bill Sauer, G; Mike Looby, D; Pat Bowen, D; Drew Baker, D; Liam Tully, D; Sam Roberts, D; Sean Hurley, D; Paul Flache, D; Chris Poli, C; Justin Milo, F; Levi Lind, F; Aaron Bendickson, F; Nikita Mikhno, F; Derek Nesbitt, F; Steve Moore, F; Drew Akins, F; Dan Sullivan, F; Jean-Phillip Chabot, F.

Idaho Steelheads
Tim Haun, G; Brendan Milnamow, D; Cody Lampl, D; Weston Tardy, D; Dustin Molle, D; Dustin Friesen, D; Jason Fredricks, D; Mike Berube, D; Mike Gabinet, D; Steve Oleksy, D; Matt McKnight, C; Brandon Campose, C; Kael Mouillierat, C; Justin Taylor, C; John Swanson, C; Bear Trapp, RW; Matt Lowry, RW; Marty Flichel, RW; Adam Huxley, LW; Geoff Irwin, LW; Malcolm Gwilliam, LW; Mark Derlago, LW.

Kalamazoo Wings
Ryan Gregory, G; Michael Spillane, G; Jeremie Dupont, G; Blake Friesen, D; Bobby Preece, D; Ross Rouleau, D; A.J. Thelen, D; Sam Ftorek, F/D; Andrew Fournier, F; Bryan Jurynec, F; Kory Karlander, F; Darryl Lloyd, F; Tyler Shelast, F; Jay Sprague, F; Todd Chinova, F.

Las Vegas Wranglers
Michael Ouzas, G; Scott Darling, G; Archie Henderson, G; Craig Switzer, D; Sean McMonagle, D; Barry Goers, D; Aaron Power, D; Jamie Fritsch, D; Kevin Schaeffer, D; Jordan Behler, D; Geoff Paukovich, C; Chris Levielle, C; Dan Bertram, RW; Jerry Pollastrone, RW; Pat Brosnihan, RW; Micheal Findorff, LW; Paul Worthington, LW; Ryan Huddy, LW; Jovan Matic, LW.

Ontario Reign
Garrett Zemlak, G; Kellen Briggs, G; Mike Zacharias, G; Chad Starling, D; David Walker, D; Luke Beaverson, D; Gabriel Andre, D; Josh Newton, D; Jon Francisco, F; Shawn Collymore, F; Chaz Johnson, F; Brett O’Malley, F; Tim Kraus, F; Jeff Corey, F; Mike Thomson, F; Luke Popko, F; Daniel Lombardi, F.

Reading Royals
Roster will be announced at a later date.

Stockton Thunder
Jason Lindner, G; Matt Pamidi, G; Trevor Hunt, D; Daryl Marcoux, D; Brian Cooke, D; Fraser Clair, F; Dan Bartlett, F; Jordan Foreman, F; Jim McKenzie, F; Craig Valette, F; Aaron Clarke, F; Jordan Cyr, F; Marcus Watson, F; Sean Menton, F; Shane Ferguson, F.

South Carolina Stingrays
Nate Kiser, D; Matt Scherer, F; Pierre-Luc O’Brien, F; Trent Campbell, F.

Toledo Walleye
Frederic Ettedgui, G; Tom Schaul, G; Nick Duff, D; Tyler Gotto, D; Ryan Stokes, D; Jay Holladay, D; Brett Noll, D; Calvin David Northam, D; Randy Rowe, C; Scooter Smith, C; Bryan Pottaco, C; Adam Keefe, RW; Sal Peralta, RW; Cam Lilley, RW; Dominic Osman, LW; Mike Hedden, LW; Jameson Orr, LW; Chris Fraterrigo, LW; John May, F.

Trenton Devils
Roster will be announced at a later date.

Utah Grizzlies
Roster will be announced at a later date.

Victoria Salmon Kings
Derick Martin, D; Ryan Turek, D; Peter Vandermeer, D; Mike Wilson, D; Derek Couture, F; Milan Gajic, F; Rob Hennigar, F; Ryan MacMurchy, F; Kiel McLeod, F; Matt Siddall, F; Matt Stefanishion, F; Jonathan Milhouse, F.

Wheeling Nailers
Nevin Hamilton, G; Guy St. Vincent, G; Drew Dobson, D; Peter Merth, D; Russ Sinkewich, D; Chad Morin, D; Nick Tuzzolino, D; Vinnie Geonnetti, D; Kris Vernarsky, F; Marc Rechlicz, F; Dean Yakura, F; Aaron Boyer, F.

Devils Bring Back Zancanaro, Leaderer, Ginand

October 1, 2010

(PR) Trenton, NJ – The ECHL’s Trenton Devils today announced the signings of three players: defenseman Dave Leaderer (left) and forwards Ryan Ginand and Tony Zancanaro. The announcement was made by Albany/Trenton Devils General Manager Chris Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.

Leaderer, 24, enters his third season in the ECHL, having appeared in all 144 Devils’ games since his arrival in Trenton in the fall of 2008. In two seasons, the 5-11, 190 lb. defenseman has amassed 61 points (21g, 40a) with a combined rating of plus-11. From 2004-2008, Leaderer played NCAA hockey with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Minutemen (HE), setting the school record for career games played (149) and serving as assistant captain during his senior season. Prior to his collegiate career, Leaderer played two seasons with the Boston Junior Bruins (EJHL) winning his team’s Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2003.  The Rochester, NY native was born July 31, 1986.

Ginand, 24, enters his second season with the Devils, first signing with Trenton in November 2009 after a 10-game stint with Herning of the Danish Elite League. In 40 games with the Devils, the 5-9, 175-lb. forward tallied 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points with 18 penalty minutes. From 2005 to 2009 at Northeastern University (HE), he recorded 46 goals and 36 assists in 132 games.  In his senior season, the Milford, MA native posted a career-high 32 points (20g, 12a) in 39 games.  Prior to attending Northeastern, the left-handed shooter spent three seasons with the Boston Junior Bruins (EJHL) and won two regular season titles and one EJHL Tournament championship.  In 2004-05, Ginand led the Junior Bruins in scoring with 58 points (36g, 22a). He was born April 1, 1986.

Zancanaro, 28, enters his fifth season in Trenton as the longest tenured player on the Devils’ roster. In the 2009-10 season, Zancanaro set career highs in all major offensive categories, notching 18 goals, 30 assists and 48 points, while tying for the team lead with five game-winning goals, including an overtime tally on March 26 at Elmira. In January of 2010, Zancanaro set personal records for goals in a month with seven, and for points in a month with 13.  Before his arrival in Trenton in 2006, the 5-5, 165-lb. forward played collegiately for four seasons from 2003-2007 with Providence College (HE), captaining the Friars during both his junior and senior seasons. Prior to that, Zancanaro spent three seasons with Springfield (Mo.) of the NAHL, becoming the first Spirits player in franchise history to have his jersey number retired. The Trenton, MI native was born June 4, 1982.

The Trenton Devils regular season begins at Sun National Bank Center October 16 and 17 with home games against Reading at 7 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.

Season and individual-game tickets are now on sale and group reservations are being accepted. More information is available by visiting TrentonDevils.com or by calling 609-599-9500.