As one player joked, ESPN couldn’t quite make it out today to the Trenton Devils Media Day event. But a handful of us did show up, and here’s what I’ve got for you…
— Devils head coach Kevin Dean made it official today, naming Trevor Kell as his captain and David Leaderer as an assistant captain. Both wore those letters last season. Another “A” will be in rotation amongst several players throughout the season.
— Dean knows who his opening night goalie will be, but would not reveal it, as he has not told either Dave Caruso or Jeff Lerg about his choice. When I asked them, neither Caruso or Lerg had any idea as to which way it might go.
— I spoke with Lerg, Kell, Darcy Zajac, Jeremy Akeson, Justin Pender and Caruso today, in addition to my chats with Dean, Chris Lamoriello and J.S. Berube from practice. I think I’m going to do a Kell piece later tonight, post the Lamoriello interview tomorrow and save the rest for my season preview on Saturday.
— The goalie nerd in me reared its ugly head today, as I had an interesting chat with Caruso about something called a reaction ball he was using in the hallway, and with Lerg about his gear. I might try to do something in a notebook about it, but in short — no pun intended, Jeff — Lerg has ordered new gear as well as a new mask. The fascinating part — again, only to me — was why he won’t use a cat-eye cage.
— Taylor Vichorek is listed as a defenseman on the roster that was handed out today. I had him as a forward…but apparently, not so much.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com