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.
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