— Before I get to anything Kevin Dean said after today’s practice, I’m happy to announce I’ll have an exclusive one-on-one interview with Trenton Devils GM Chris Lamoriello posted on Friday. Lamoriello was gracious enough to sit down with me for about ten minutes after practice in our first extended chat.
— I also spoke to Jean-Sebastien Berube after practice. Not sure if I’m going to mix that in with my media day features or my season preview stuff or what, but just know that it’s on the way. He’s tall, but not particularly bulky like Kevin Cormier was. He also doesn’t have “CORM’S” tattooed on his back…because really, that would just be weird.
— With Matt Vokes (lower body), Taylor Vichorek (shoulder) and Gord Burnett (back) having been placed on the IR, Trenton has 11 healthy forwards and 7 healthy D. Everyone except Vokes skated at practice today.
Of course, Trenton can only skate 10 forwards and 6 D. My guess is that either Ryan Hayes or Matt Kang are the odd man out when the season gets underway. Both were skating with Vichorek, which would give me an indication as to that being the fourth line.
The other three lines looked like this…I’m not going to get the positions right, I’m sure…but just to give you an idea of who was with who.
That’s also my guess as to what order those lines are in, too. I’ll try to figure out D pairs when I can.
— Figuring all that out was made much easier by the fact that the guys had numbers on their helmets today, which they did not yesterday. The numerical roster is…
— All right, let’s get to what Kevin Dean had to say. Must say, I’ve enjoyed my chats with him so far. Seems like a real good guy, should be a pleasure working with him this season.
On Vokes: “I expect he’ll be able to skate at some point next week, but we’ll see.”
On the roster: “I think we’re set with our roster right now. We’ll see with injuries and stuff what happens, but I think everyone that’s here is here for a reason. Our thoughts aren’t that a guy is just here temporarily. We’ll see what happens up top and with Albany and take it from there.”
On the battle for the tenth forward spot and if it’s between Hayes and Kang: “We’ll see. It could be between someone else, too. We’ll see who we have come Saturday. I think there could be some things happening, you never know.”
On Nagy: “It’s a huge benefit (to have him). He’s a huge penalty killer, he’s got a ton of energy, he’s disciplined. He’s a hard kid to play against if you’re on the other team. He just skates everywhere and hits, he’s always in your face and he’s abrasive, he drives you crazy after a while, so he’s going to be a big help.”
— The team will meet at 1 PM, at which time captains will be announced to the team. Then, at 2 PM, the media will find out. When I know, you’ll know. Deal?
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com