Jackals, Royals Making Moves (Updated)

Sure, the Reading Royals have released defensemen Steven Kaunisto and A.J. Mikkelson.  But the big move is the assignment of goaltender Ben Scrivens (left) to the club from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

That photo to the left you see is of Scrivens at the “Red Hot Hockey” game at Madison Square Garden last year between Cornell and Boston University.  Knowing very little about any of the players in the game, there were two I walked away from the game being very impressed by: Kevin Shattenkirk of BU and Scrivens of Cornell.

Scrivens made 32 saves that night in a 3-3 tie, and he’s posted video game numbers over the past two seasons for Cornell — a 1.81 GAA and .931 save pct. in 2008-09 and a 1.87 GAA and .934 save pct. last season.  The kid is very, very good, and I’m very curious to see what he can do in the ECHL.  I’m shocked a goalie of his caliber is here.  The Hobey Baker Award finalist garnered a lot of interest among NHL teams once his collegiate career was over.

Meanwhile, the Elmira Jackals have signed former Vancouver Canucks defenseman Patrick Coulombe.  Having spent the majority of his career in the ECHL with Victoria, he tallied an assist in seven games with the Canucks during the 2006-07 season.

However, the more significant transaction may very well be the Jackals dealing talented second-year forward Maxime Tanguay to the Alaska Aces.  The younger brother of Alex Tanguay, Maxime had a standout season with Toledo last year, scoring 69 points (25-44-69) in 66 games.  In addition, he earned a five-game call-up to AHL Rockford, in which he notched an assist.

The loss of Tanguay makes Elmira’s offense much less potent, but the T-Devils will still have to deal with the likes of Justin Donati, who returns for the 2010-11 campaign.

Also, former Jackals (and Wheeling Nailers) goalie Michael Teslak was released by Idaho today.  Very surprising considering what he was able to do with the Jackals in 2008-09.  I’ll never forget his 71 save performance in the Jackals four overtime playoff win in Trenton.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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