Archive for October 3rd, 2010

Kemp Cut From Camp; News and Notes

October 3, 2010

— First, some Trenton news.  According to the ECHL website, the T-Devils have released forward Nick Kemp out of camp.   One of the first four signings the team officially announced in the off-season, the 24-year-old scored nine goals and added 13 assists in 62 games in 2009-10 during his rookie season with Bakersfield.  Prior to that, he played collegiately at The University of Minnesota-Duluth.

— Looks like the AHL boys will get some solid coverage this year.  Check out Pete Dougherty’s Hockey Spoken Here blog…

— Wheeling made quite a few moves, getting seven players from Wilkes-Barre Scranton’s camp. Forwards Andrew Lord, Andrew Orpik, Mikeal Bedard, David Marshall and Alex Smigelski, defenseman Kyle Bushee, and goaltender Patrick Killeen will all report to the Nailers.  Lord is probably the most recognizable name there — as the former RPI standout notched 17 goals for Wheeling last season.  And yes, Andrew Orpik is the brother of Penguins blueliner Brooks Orpik.

In addition, Wheeling has brought back F Casey Pierro-Zabotel, F Joey Haddad and F Ryan Schnell.

— Reading has signed goaltender Brent Troyan to a tryout agreement.  Troyan and Shane Davis are the only two goaltenders that the Royals have under contract to date.  Troyan has previously served as an emergency backup (EBUG) for the Johnstown Chiefs.

— Elmira has added forwards Eric Lampe and Alex Curran.  Lampe was assigned by AHL Syracuse, while Curran has joined the club on a tryout deal.

— Cincinnati was assigned eight players from four different AHL camps.  The Rochester Americans have sent forwards Ryan Del Monte, Matt Pierce, and defenseman Brian O’Hanley to Cincinnati. The Milwaukee Admirals, meanwhile, assign forward Dylan Hunter, defenseman J.C. Sawyer, and goalie Jeremy Smith. Chris Morehouse, who was in a tryout camp with Peoria, is coming back to Cincinnati. Finally, defenseman Brock Sheahan returns to the Queen City after skating in Manitoba’s camp.

Del Monte played in 46 games with Cincinnati after being dealt from Johnstown, while Smith was named co-Playoff MVP (with Robert Mayer) after backstopping the Cyclones to the Kelly Cup.

— I mentioned a lot of familiar names in that post yesterday, but I did miss a few.  Derek Couture and Mike Wilson (left) have signed on with the Victoria Salmon Kings.  Couture last appeared in the ECHL last season with Charlotte, but is likely best known for his run with Elmira.  In 2008-09, he scored 20 points in 21 games and appeared in the Jackals incredible first round playoff matchup with Trenton.

Wilson, meanwhile, enjoyed a lengthy NHL career and had a brief stint with the Trenton Devils during their 2008-09 playoff run, appearing in five regular season games (the minimum to make a non-AHL contracted player playoff eligible) and five out of a possible seven postseason contests.  Last season, the 36-year-old, who runs a hockey school in Ohio, appeared in two games for Toledo.

(Information from team press releases was used in portions of this update)

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Names From Around The League…

October 3, 2010

Gone, but certainly not forgotten...

So, I spent some time looking at the various rosters that the ECHL released.  If you know anything about me by now, you know the goalies were the first thing I looked at.  But, with a focus on players Trenton will, you know, actually play against this season…here are a few names that stood out to me among the many listed on training camp rosters.

Elmira Jackals – G Shane Connelly

Connelly actually played pretty well both times I saw him with Johnstown last year, but both were in relief of Kris Mayotte, who seemed to fall off the face of the Earth after a pretty solid 2008-09 season.  Connelly landed with the South Carolina Stingrays and played very well for them down the stretch, going 13-7-5 over a 26 game stretch.

Elmira Jackals – G Marco Cousineau

Cousineau was the Anaheim Ducks third round draft pick in 2008, but finds himself on the Elmira Jackals roster.  He’s played on four different QMJHL teams in as many seasons, and led the Saint John Sea Dogs all the way to the league finals last year after a regular season in which he went 15-5 with a 2.36 ERA GAA and .914 save percentage after starting the year with the PEI Rocket.

Elmira Jackals – F Tomas Zaborsky

Zaborsky is a former Rangers farmhand who was dealt to the Anaheim organization this off-season for D Matt McCue.  Zaborsky last appeared in the ECHL with the Dayton Bombers in 2008-09, scoring 16 points (10-6) in 19 games for the since-moved elsewhere franchise.  Last season, he played with Assat of the FNL.

Elmira Jackals – F Brett Gallant

Ah yes, Brett Gallant.  A holdover from the beloved Steve Martinson era (Martinson will coach the expansion Chicago Express in 2011-12, by the way), it’s pretty clear what he’s out there to do.  You might remember him from his early November bouts with Myles Stoesz last season.  In 38 games with the Jackals last year, the 21-year-old scored one goal and tallied one assist while racking up an impressive 185 PIM’s.

The Elmira Star-Gazette reports that Gallant is looking to do more than just fight this season, however…

“I worked on my whole game,” Gallant told the paper.  “I’m coming (to camp) in the right frame of mind.”

Elmira Jackals – F Maxime Tanguay

Younger brother of NHL star Alex Tanguay, Maxime had a very nice first pro year with the Toledo Walleye last season.  One of the better players in the league, Tanguay put up an impressive 25-44-69 line in 66 games, and earned a five game call-up to AHL Rockford along the way.

Wheeling Nailers – G Nevin Hamilton

Hamilton was one of the more underrated goalies in Hockey East, putting together four solid seasons for UMass-Lowell.  He struggled last season after putting together a career year in 2008-09 (10-7-1, 2.15, .925) but played well in his first and only pro game, a loss while with the Providence Bruins this April.

Wheeling Nailers – D Russ Sinkewich

Sinkewich’s is a name you might remember, as he played part of 2008-09 and all of 2009-10 with the Johnstown Chiefs.  In 70 games last season, the 24-year-old blueliner scored two goals and posted 15 helpers.

Wheeling Nailers – D Nick Tuzzolino

Nick Tuzzolino — and sadly, not former Rangers “great” Tony Tuzzolino — comes to Wheeling after two seasons in Alsaka.  The hulking defenseman (6′ 5″, 225) has spent his past two seasons with the Aces, and has averaged 29 points and 125 penalty minutes a year.  He’s a former New York Islanders draft choice.

Wheeling Nailers – F Marc Rechlicz

Rechlicz played in two games for Johnstown last season.  I’d be willing to bet he won’t forget this one anytime soon…

Idaho Steelheads – F Bear Trapp

The guys’ name is Bear Trapp…how could you possibly forget him?  Trapp, who…uhhh…made a name for himself with the Jackals, has popped up on the Idaho Steelheads roster this season.  He also played for Johnstown late last season after Elmira let him go.  
 
Ontario Reign – F Chaz Johnson

You have hated this man for three seasons now.  No more, as he’s signed with the Ontario Reign for the 2010-11 season.  Number 98 struggled through an injury-riddled campaign last season, tallying just 22 points (10-12) in 42 games with the Jackals last season.  Say what you want about him — I caught a lot of heat when I said I’d take him on my team any day — but you can’t say he wasn’t entertaining to watch.

Las Vegas Wranglers – G Michael Ouzas

You may not remember Ouzas, but he spent about half of the 2008-09 season between the pipes for the Reading Royals.  The former Maple Leafs prospect will return to the Wranglers after playing in 42 games for them last season.

Stockton Thunder – F Aaron Clarke

Clarke is a talented, undersized winger who has spent most of the past three seasons with the Wheeling Nailers.  His most recent season with Wheeling was his best, as he posted a career-high 25 goals and 32 assists in 59 games.  With just 21 PIM’s to his name last year, the disciplined forward will take his game to Stockton this season.

Florida Everblades – D David Fischer

Naples Daily News  scribe Woody Wommack reports that the Everblades have signed the former Montreal Canadiens first rounder.  Read more about him here.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Ex-Devil Wilson Signs With Wheeling

October 3, 2010

Former Princeton Tigers standout Brett Wilson has signed with the Wheeling Nailers.

Wilson, who spent most of his first pro season with Trenton in 2009-10, was released late in the season in somewhat of a curious move given that his 13-24-37 line in 57 games was one of the better ones on the squad at the time.

The forward was claimed on waivers by the hapless Johnstown Chiefs — remember them? — towards the end of the season, but ultimately did not report.

Wheeling makes their first trip into the Sun National Bank Center on January 12, 2011.  However, Trenton will play the Nailers on the road — both in West Virginia and in Johnstown — four times before that, starting with the third game of the season in Pennsylvania on October 23.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com