South Carolina Stingrays Off Season Report

By Wil Kirwan
To Say that the Stingrays are going to have a new look for the 2000-2001 season would highly understate the situation. The ‘Rays are looking different with both new uniforms, and an influx of new talent. The Stingrays have already filled three of their five available veteran slots with Brett Marietti,
Jared Bednar, and Greg Schmidt. However, these older talents are quickly being complemented by some excellent prospects with NHL potential. One of the best offseason moves made as of this writing was the re-signing of Adam
Calder, a prospect with potential to move up to the AHL/IHL. Calder has the skills to be a major player for any team he plays for, and should add
excitement to the upcoming season. The only other prospect currently signed by the Stingrays is Zach Ham, a former collegiate player from Bowling Green. Ham Should add to a great Second or third line for the Stingrays, playing on
the wing with Adam Calder centering.

The combination of Calder and Ham looks to be a very productive line, and
the two could score more than their fair share of goals. Least season,
Calder averaged more than a point per game with 44 points. In 41 games with
the Rays, the Portage La Prairie, Manitoba native scored 22 goals and
chipped in 22 assists. The feisty forward also added 84 penalty minutes.
With the additon of a rough-and-tumble player like Ham to help take the
concentration of the defense away from Calder. Should Calder spend his whole
Season in the ECHL, he could threaten for the scoring title. this scenario
looks to very unlikely, as he will more than likely see time in Rochester,
and possibly the IHL.

Looking ahead to training camp, the competition for spots on the roster is
looking to be extremely tough. The Stingrays have already invited Chris
Wheaton back, as well as several others, including Jody Lehman and Shaun
Peet. Also signing a tryout agreement was Matt erredge, who played the
previous season for the Fayetteville Force of the CHL. Training camp is
defintiely looking to be an exciting time, and the youth movement that the
Stingrays are experiencing could be one of the best things for them, or it
could be certain disaster. Only time will tell.

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