Archive for October 5th, 2010

Prough’s Back; Zajac, Several Others Added

October 5, 2010

— Quite a few roster moves for the Trenton Devils today.  By my count, the league’s transactions page revealed six players new to the team being added today.  The team releasing these things on its own or having training camp in the state where they play might actually be benefical to better coverage…but hey, no surprises there.

Anyway, in addition to the previously reported additions of G Jeff Lerg, D Dave Leaderer, F Matt Vokes and F Tony Zancanaro, two returning players and four new ones are heading to the capital city.

First off, G Anthony Felice has signed a tryout agreement.  Felice has served as the team’s emergency backup goaltender for the past few seasons, but is highly unlikely he sees any game action with Lerg and the likely addition of Dave Caruso as Trenton’s goalie tandem. 

F Jeff Prough (pictured) is back for a third consecutive season.  Not particularly sure what else he has to do to get a real chance at the AHL level.  He has two 30-goal, 60-point seasons in Trenton under his belt.  Surely, he’ll be a focal point of the 2010-11 club’s offense.

F Taylor Vichorek has signed a contract with Trenton.  If he makes the team, you will not miss him out there on the ice.  He stands 6′ 8″ tall and spent his past four seasons prior to the 2009-10 campaign in the NAHL.  He was most recently in camp with AHL Wilkes-Barre Scranton, and signed with AHL Norfolk last March after playing for D3 Hamline collegiately last year.

Assigned to Trenton from AHL Albany are D T.J. Miller, F Matt Lombardi and F Darcy Zajac.

Miller was the Devils fourth round draft choice in 2006.  He’s played the last four seasons collegiately at Northern Michigan University, and posted a 8-32-40 line over the course of 134 games. Read more about Miller here.

Lombardi helped Boston College win a national title in 2009-10 and has played there collegiately for the past four seasons.  In 147 games, he’s scored 11 goals and added 22 assists.  Lombardi signed a minor league deal with the Devils after a strong showing in the organization’s prospect camp.

Darcy Zajac is one of three younger brothers of New Jersey Devils star Travis Zajac.  In 166 games over the past four years at the University of North Dakota, the younger Zajac posted a 24-30-54 stat line over his college career.  He made his pro debut last season with the Adirondack Phantoms, playing in two games and going scoreless while posting four penalty minutes.  Read a feature on him here.

Trenton’s roster now looks like this:

FORWARDS (12): Ryan Hayes, Matt Vokes, Tony Zancanaro, Ryan Ginand, Jeremy Akeson, Matt Kang, Brett Valiquette, Garett Vassel, Jeff Prough, Taylor Vichorek, Matt Lombardi, Darcy Zajac

DEFENSE (6): David Leaderer, Gord Burnett, Justin Coutu, Martin Nolet, Jordon Southorn, T.J. Miller

GOALIES (2): Jeff Lerg, Anthony Felice

Keep in mind, ECHL teams can only skate ten forwards.

— And don’t miss Bill Cain’s Albany Devils blog, either.  Really great to see the AHL squad actually get some coverage this year.

— D R.J. Anderson, traded over to Elmira from Johnstown last year, is back with the Jackals for 2010-11.  A very underrated D-man, the 24-year-old scored 12 goals and tallied 31 assists in 65 games between the two clubs.

— D Wes Cunningham, one of Anderson’s former teammates with the Jackals, has signed with Greenville.  Cunningham has played in 70 games in each of the past two seasons, scoring ten goals each year.

— Remember how I mentioned G Nevin Hamilton was with Wheeling?  Scratch that, he got released today.

— G Ryan Nie, who seems to have played on just about every team in this league, was assigned to Kalamazoo by Bridgeport today. 

— In other goalie news, G Tyson Sexsmith, notable only for the fact that he had “Sexy” on the side of his mask while with the Worcester Sharks last year, was assigned to Stockton.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT