There are a lot of new faces in the New Jersey Devils Top 20 prospects list, and as a result, many on the move. Included in this new list are three collegiate free agents who were signed during and after the season, and the team’s top four picks from the 2006 NHL Draft.
The Devils boast a prospect group that is quite ordinary after Niklas Bergfors and Travis Zajac. However many in this group possess an immense amount of long-term potential. There is not much separation in this group at this point and this coming season will likely prove which prospects stand the best chance to realize their full potential and separate from the rest of the pack.
New Jersey still is top heavy in forward prospects, but with the additions of collegiate free agent Andy Greene, top 2006 pick Matthew Corrente and fellow 2006 draftee Kirill Tulupov, the Devils have taken the necessary steps to improve their lack of depth and quality on the blueline throughout the system.
Top 20 at a glance
1. Niklas Bergfors, RW
2. Travis Zajac, C
3. Barry Tallackson, LW
4. Matthew Corrente, D
5. Alexander Vasyunov, LW
6. Andy Greene, D
7. Petr Vrana, C
8. Vladimir Zharkov, RW
9. Jeff Frazee, G
10. Patrick Davis, LW
11. Ivan Khomutov, C
12. Kirill Tulupov, D
13. Mark Fraser, D
14. Jason Ryznar, LW
15. Tyler Eckford, D
16. Jordan Parise, G
17. Tuomas Pihlman, LW
18. Aaron Voros, RW
19. Jason Smith, G
20. Stephen Gionta, RW
Key: Rank (Rank Change), Name, Position, Grade
1. (+2) Niklas Bergfors, RW, 7.5 B
Acquired: 1st round, 23rd overall, 2005 NHL Draft
Bergfors made not just a jump to North America, but he jumped right past the CHL and was fast tracked to the AHL as an 18-year-old. By the end of the season, the quick and shifty Bergfors lead all active Albany River Rats in scoring with 40 points. Another highlight for Bergfors this season was his strong play at the World Junior Championships where he teamed up with 2006 first round draft choice Niklas Backstrom (WSH)as a potent one-two punch for Team Sweden.
The youngest player in the AHL last season, Bergfors possesses great skating skills, a wealth of offensive talent, and a fantastic work ethic. Thought to be two, possibly three seasons away from challenging for a spot with the Devils, Bergfors’ smooth transition to the pro game may bump up his arrival time in New Jersey. The Devils do not want to rush their most prized prospect, but should he prove worthy of a roster spot in training camp and the pre-season, they would be hard pressed to send him back to the AHL.
Why Could Be Lower: Will his size be a disadvantage?
NHL Upside: Top six scoring winger
2. (+2) Travis Zajac, C, 7.5 C
Acquired: 1st round, 20th overall, 2004 NHL Draft
Zajac started his sophomore season in North Dakota with the Fighting Sioux somewhat slowly, but turned things around mid-season and down the stretch for what has to be considered a great second year in the NCAA. Zajac lead North Dakota in assists with 27 and finished third in team scoring with 44 points behind Drew Stafford (BUF) and T.J. Oshie (STL). At the end of the season, he signed with the Devils and reported to Albany where he suited up for six games, scoring a goal and an assist.
Strong at both ends of the rink, Zajac contributes in all facets of the game and often does the little things that don’t show up on the scoresheet. He has a fantastic size/skill package and great face-off skills. Zajac caught a few people off guard when he chose to forego his final two years of college eligibility at North Dakota and sign his first pro contract. Some believe Zajac could have used one more season in the NCAA before turning pro, but the Devils and Zajac obviously thought that he was ready for the step up in competition. Depending on how fast he adjusts to the next level, Zajac has an outside shot at making the Devils this fall. More than likely though, he will spend the 2006-07 season with the Devils new AHL affiliate in Lowell where he should see significant ice time and likely play on one of the top two lines.
Why Could Be Higher: Plays a complete game at both end of the rink.
Why Could Be Lower: Can he produce offensively at the next level?
NHL Upside: Two-way second line center.
3. (+3) Barry Tallackson, LW, 7.0 C
Acquired: 2nd round, 53rd overall, 2002 NHL Draft
In his first pro season, Tallackson was one of the most consistent River Rat players from beginning to end. In between, he earned a 10-game stint with the Devils and scored his first ever NHL goal. Among active Albany players, Tallackson finished second in team scoring with 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 points in 60 games.
Big, strong and a physical force when he’s firing on all cylinders, consistency was seen as a major issue for Tallackson through his time in the NCAA and coming into his first season as a pro. However, with the way he played last season, Tallackson looks to have come into his own and has started to realize his vast potential. There are a few potential power forwards in the organization, but Tallackson easily has the best offensive tools of the bunch. Tallackson looked good in his brief NHL recall last season and he has a great chance to earn a spot on the Devils right out of training camp.
Why Could Be Higher: Fantastic size and skill combination. He also looked good in his brief NHL stint last season.
Why Could Be Lower: Consistency; wasn’t an issue last year, but has been in the past.
NHL Upside: Second line scoring power forward.
4. (NR) Matthew Corrente, D, 7.0 C
Acquired: 1st round, 30th overall, 2006 NHL Draft
The Devils most recent first round draft pick, Corrente had a solid season in the OHL with Saginaw after a rough introduction as a rookie. Most of his numbers improved across the board as he looked much more comfortable in his second go around in the league. He doubled his point total from 15 to 30, improved his plus/minus from -38 to +2 and nearly doubled his PIM’s from 89 to 172.
The drafting of Corrente helped address the Devils glaring deficiency of defense prospects in the organization and he immediately becomes the top prospect at his position in the system. Feisty, physical and intense, Corrente plays aggressively at both ends of the rink. Corrente is still raw in a lot of areas, but possesses an immense amount of upside. His skating skills, hard point shot and offensive instincts give the Devils great reason to be excited. Going into his third season with Saginaw, Corrente could be on the verge of a huge breakout season. Some thought Corrente was a reach in the first round, but he will be out to prove to the doubters wrong and show the Devils he was worth the first round pick they spent on him.
Why Could Be Higher: Just starting to come into his own; could explode this season.
Why Could Be Lower: Still rough around the edges.
NHL Upside: Physical top four defender with great offensive upside.
5. (NR) Alexander Vasyunov, LW, 7.5 C
Acquired: 2nd round, 58th overall, 2006 NHL Draft
Vasyunov is the second of four 2006 draft picks to crack the Devils Top 20 prospect list. Thought by some to be a first-round talent, the Devils snagged Vasyunov in the second round. With Yaroslavl’s junior team, he scored 29 goals and added 6 assists for 35 points in only 29 games. He got into two games with the Yaroslavl senior squad and also participated in many international tournaments.
Vasyunov’s spectacular offensive tools, most notably his speed and shooting skills, instantly makes him one of the most exciting prospects in the system. His upside is tremendous but there are a few drawbacks in his game that could hinder his long-term potential. He has a reputation for being somewhat selfish, lazy and inconsistent. And though he won’t ever be a great defensive player, he must show more effort in this aspect of his game. The Devils took a gamble on this talented Russian and how he performs in his homeland the next season or two will go a long way in determining if he will turn into the kind of player the Devils hope he can be.
Why Could Be Higher: Offensive tools are off the charts.
Why Could Be Lower: Too one-dimensional and has a poor work ethic.
NHL Upside: High-scoring winger.
6. (NR) Andy Greene, D, 6.5 B
Acquired: Signed as free agent, April 2006
Greene is one of three NCAA free agents the Devils recently signed to make it into the Top 20 list. As a senior at the University of Miami-Ohio, Greene had nine goals, led the RedHawks in assists with 22 and finished third in team scoring with 31 points. He took home some hardware as he won the CCHA’s best offensive defenseman award and with his +20 rating was also named the CCHA’s best defensive defenseman, the first player to achieve such a feat.
When the Devils signed Greene as a free agent in late April, he was ineligible to play in either the NHL or AHL due to a clause in the CBA. Otherwise, he may have seen some late season action with Albany, and maybe even New Jersey. Mobile, positionally sound and smart at both ends of the rink, Greene will likely spend some time in Lowell this coming season, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he saw significant action with the Devils as well. A lot will depend on the Devils current salary cap issues and if they have to trade some salary from the blueline. He is mature and well rounded enough to make an immediate impact though should he be pressed into action.
Why Could Be Higher: Mature and solid at both ends of the rink; may already be NHL ready.
Why Could Be Lower: May not have as high a ceiling as other prospects.
NHL Upside: Two-way top four defenseman.
7. (-2) Petr Vrana, C, 7.0 C
Acquired: 2nd round, 42nd overall, 2003 NHL Draft
Vrana was another one of a handful of New Jersey prospects who just completed their first year as pro hockey players. Though somewhat inconsistent, Vrana appeared in a team-best 74 games and scored 13 goals and added 21 assists for 35 points. Known as a solid two-way player while in the QMJHL, Vrana struggled a little defensively with a team-worst -15 rating, but on a team that struggled to keep the puck out of the net, Vrana wasn’t the only River Rat player with a poor plus/minus rating.
The Devils covet players who have strong two-way skills like Vrana. Last season can be best summed up as a learning experience for Vrana, but the team still has high hopes for the speedy, skilled and undersized centerman. Probably still a season or two away from seriously challenging for a regular spot in New Jersey, Vrana should be much more comfortable the second time around in the AHL after gaining valuable ice time and experience in his rookie season.
Why Could Be Higher: Will likely improve with more experience; has good overall upside.
Why Could Be Lower: Up and down rookie pro season; can he play more consistently?
NHL Upside: Versatile second/third line forward.
8. (NR) Vladimir Zharkov, RW, 7.0 C
Acquired: 3rd round, 77th overall, 2006 NHL Draft
Zharkov is yet another draftee from the Devils 2006 draft class to crack the top ten. While playing with CSKA’s junior squad in Russia, Zharkov scored 17 goals and 22 assists for 39 points in 48 games. He managed to sneak into a handful of games for CSKA’s senior squad and did not look out of place for a player of his age in such a strong league.
Zharkov is quite similar offensively in many ways to fellow Russian forward prospect Alexander Vasyunov. Zharkov has exceptional speed and acceleration and good shooting skills. He does though appear to have more of a defensive conscience and also shows more of a competitive fire than Vasyunov has thus far. But again much like Vasyunov, Zharkov is a bit of a high-risk, high-reward type of prospect. The tools are definitely there, and the Devils will need to take a wait and see approach to see if they hit a home run with the selection of Zharkov.
Why Could Be Higher: Great offensive skill set.
Why Could Be Lower: A wild card at this point; will need lots of time to develop.
NHL Upside: Second line scoring winger.
9. (-2) Jeff Frazee, G, 7.0 C
Acquired: 2nd round, 38th overall, 2005 NHL Draft
As a freshman at the University of Minnesota, Frazee backed up starter Kellen Briggs and as a result saw limited action between the pipes for the Golden Gophers. In 12 games (6-3-2), Frazee finished with a respectable 2.36 goals against average, .910 save percentage and recorded a pair of shutouts. He also represented Team USA at the World Junior Championships in December as a backup, and recorded a victory in his only start of the tournament.
The Devils drafted Frazee last season with the idea that he may be the eventual heir apparent to Martin Brodeur. Athletic, flexible and cool under pressure, Frazee will be watched very closely this season as he assumes the reins as the Golden Gophers No. 1 netminder. There is also a good possibility of him being the starting goaltender for Team USA at this winter’s World Junior Championship. There are some who question Frazee’s conditioning and maturity and this upcoming season will give him a chance to prove those doubters wrong and prove to the Devils that he is indeed worthy of being pegged as Brodeur’s successor.
Why Could Be Higher: Good upside; has just started to realize his potential.
Why Could Be Lower: Was inconsistent last season and needs to mature.
NHL Upside: 1A goaltender.
10. (+5) Patrick Davis, LW, 6.5 C
Acquired: 4th round, 99th overall, 2005 NHL Draft
Davis exploded offensively in his third year in the OHL, and really came into his own after an early season trade that sent him from the Kitchener Rangers to the Windsor Spitfires. After putting up 17 points, including 13 goals in 22 games with Kitchener, Davis proceeded to shoot out the lights in Windsor, scoring 22 goals and 29 assists for 53 points in only 28 games. His combined totals, which included 35 goals, was good enough for third-best on the Spitfires. He saw action in a few late season games for the River Rats after the Spitfires were eliminated from the OHL playoffs.
Davis had always had all the tools to be an offensive force, but it wasn’t until this past season that he finally began to realize his vast potential. Big, quick and possessing a great shot with a quick release, Davis is similar in some ways to fellow Devils prospect Tallackson. Both have unique size/skill sets and have the ability to dominate when they are on top of their game. Expect the Devils to give Davis plenty of time to adjust to the pro game as he goes into his rookie season with Lowell and he will likely need a couple full seasons in the AHL before challenging for full-time NHL duty.
Why Could Be Higher: Has the skills to be a top scorer.
Why Could Be Lower: Can he translate his success last season to the pro level?
NHL Upside: Top six sniper.
11. (-3) Ivan Khomutov, C, 6.5 C
Acquired: 3rd round, 93rd overall, 2003 NHL Draft
Khomutov’s second season in the AHL went a little smoother, but at times was still somewhat rocky. He did improve on all his numbers across the board, flashing bursts of offensive flair from time to time, but not on a consistent basis. In six fewer games than he played last season, Khomutov scored 9 goals and 20 assists for 29 points.
Only 20 years old, Khomutov has already completed two full AHL seasons, and while it might not show yet, the experience Khomutov has gained playing pro hockey at such a young age will likely start to show as soon as this season. Still somewhat raw overall, Khomutov has silky smooth puck skills and shows great potential as a playmaker. The Devils have been patient thus far with Khomutov as he was thrown into the AHL as an 18-year-old. Nonetheless, going into his third pro season, the time has come for Khomutov to step up his game a notch and start to deliver on his outstanding potential.
Why Could Be Higher: Still young and raw offensively with much room to grow.
Why Could Be Lower: Is developing very slowly; needs to step it up before others pass him on the depth chart.
NHL Upside: Second/third line offensive centerman.
12. (NR) Kirill Tulupov, D, 6.0 C
Acquired: 3rd round, 67th overall, 2006 NHL Draft
Tulupov is the fourth and final 2006 draftee to crack the Devils Top 20 list. Tulupov’s draft status was adversely affected by spending most of the past two seasons with the Toronto Rattlers, a private club team in the Toronto area that was not heavily scouted. After scoring 16 goals and 28 assists for 44 points with the Rattlers, Tulupov’s play for Team Russia at the 5 Nations Tournament and Under 18 Championships sent his draft stock soaring. That led to the Devils taking him with their first of two picks in the third round of the 2006 draft.
Standing at 6’3, 220 lbs, Tulupov has a great skill set for a defenseman of his stature. Mean, physical and a good penalty killer, Tulupov also possesses decent offensive tools, most notably a rocket of a point shot. Tulupov was taken in the CHL Import Draft by Chicoutimi of the QMJHL and that is where he will likely play for the next two seasons. Tulupov will need to try and improve his foot speed as the Devils wait and see how this raw, but talented defender develops at a higher level of competition.
Why Could Be Higher: Has great overall skill package for a defenseman.
Why Could Be Lower: Still has a lot to prove and must improve his skating.
NHL Upside: Third pairing all-purpose rearguard.
13. (–) Mark Fraser, D, 6.0 B
Acquired: 3rd round, 84th overall, 2005 NHL Draft
A first glance at the statistics and one would think the Fraser did not have a great season, but you have to go beyond the numbers to measure the impact Fraser had in his second season with the Kitchener Rangers. After being named team captain, Fraser lead by example and was a great team player. He posted a solid +13 rating in 59 games to go along with 129 PIM’s. After the Rangers were eliminated from the OHL playoffs, Fraser suited up for Albany’s final four regular season games.
Defensively responsible and willing to stick up for his teammates, Fraser’s intangible qualities far outweigh the lack of offense in his game. While he is not the most spectacular prospect and doesn’t have a huge ceiling, Fraser has a great chance to forge out an NHL career as role-playing defensive defenseman. Probably at least two seasons away from NHL duty, Fraser signed his first contract with New Jersey over the summer and will most likely start his pro career in Lowell with the Devils new AHL affiliate.
Why Could Be Higher: Possesses great intangibles and should reach potential.
Why Could Be Lower: All defense, no offense.
NHL Upside: Steady stay at home second pairing defenseman.
14. (-2) Jason Ryznar, LW, 6.0 C
Acquired: 3rd round, 64th overall, 2002 NHL Draft
Ryznar had a solid, yet unspectacular first pro season in the AHL, that also saw him receive a brief eight-game stint in New Jersey with the Devils. While he didn’t light up the scoreboard (7 goals, 18 assists for 25 points in 59 games), Ryznar was steady defensively and after Tallackson, was probably one of the most consistent players in terms of effort night in and night out. His -4 rating on a defensively challenged team is a testament to his strong play in his own end.
After Tallackson, Ryznar is likely the next closest Devils prospect to cracking the NHL level on a full-time basis. A strong, grinding, defensively reliable checker, Ryznar will never be mistaken for a goal scorer, but he is one of those role type players that every team needs to be successful. If Ryznar does not crack the Devils out of training camp, expect him to be the first player on call should injuries strike. At worst, Ryznar will spend one more season in the AHL.
Why Could Be Higher: Physically mature and almost NHL ready.
Why Could Be Lower: Does not have much offensive upside.
NHL Upside: Defensive minded third line checking winger and top penalty killer.
15. (+2) Tyler Eckford, D, 6.0 C
Acquired: 7th round, 217th overall, 2004 NHL Draft
After a fantastic offensive season in the BCHL, the challenge for Eckford going into his first NCAA season at Alaska-Fairbanks was to see how he would react to playing at a higher level of hockey. Eckford did not disappoint as a freshman, scoring 3 goals and 15 assists for 18 points in 28 games, good enough for to lead the Nanooks’ defensemen in scoring.
A one-time forward, the offensively gifted Eckford has a great raw package of size, speed and skill. While he is still learning how to play in his own end, the offensive potential he possesses from the back end is undeniable. Eckford should see much more even strength and power play time in his sophomore season and therefore, there is a good chance that his offensive numbers will increase considerably. A seventh round draft pick in 2004, Eckford has thus far lived up to expectations and if he continues to progress as the Devils hope, he could turn out to be quite the late-round gem.
Why Could Be Higher: Step up in competition didn’t faze him; made smooth transition to NCAA.
Why Could Be Lower: Still very raw at this point and hard to project.
NHL Upside: No. 5/6 defenseman with power-play potential.
16. (NR) Jordan Parise, G, 6.0 C
Acquired: Signed as free agent, July 2006
Parise had a fantastic junior season at North Dakota, and played a big role in getting the Fighting Sioux to the Frozen Four for the second straight year. Parise posted six shutouts to go along with his sparkling 24-9-1 record, 2.20 goals against average and .929 save percentage. At the commencement of North Dakota’s season, there were rumors of Parise signing a contract with New Jersey, the same organization that drafted and developed his younger brother Zach. In early July, those rumors became reality when Parise officially signed on the dotted line with the Devils.
With Josh Disher left signed and the team not drafting a goaltender in 2006, the Devils were starting to get a little thin in terms of goaltending prospects. With only three other goaltenders under contract or in the organization, the signing of Parise fills a temporary need. A small, but feisty goaltender with tremendous reflexes, Parise also shows a good glove hand and above average puck-handling skills. As an undrafted free agent signing, Parise will be out to prove that he has the upside to turn into and NHL-caliber goaltender. He will start off his pro career in Lowell, but whether it’s as a back-up or starter depends on which direction the Devils go in regards to a back-up in New Jersey, which hasn’t been determined.
Why Could Be Higher: Was consistent and reliable in college; set many school records.
Why Could Be Lower: Was never drafted; does he have more room to grow?
NHL Upside: NHL back up or 1B part of a goaltending tandem.
17. (-6) Tuomas Pihlman, LW, 6.0 C
Acquired: 2nd round, 48th overall, 2001 NHL Draft
Pihlman got off to a strong start in his third season down in the AHL, and he turned that into a solid 11-game NHL audition in New Jersey, an audition that saw him score his first-ever NHL goal. However, upon his return to Albany, he struggled through the middle part of the season before finishing up strong. In 63 contests, he scored 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points.
With more talented forwards being selected and others rapidly moving though the system, Pihlman took a giant fall down the prospect ladder. Making an impact in training camp and pre-season is now of utmost importance for him. After three full years in the minors, he needs to start showing some consistency to his game. He is not ever likely to evolve into much of a goal scoring threat now, but he does possess the size and physicality to be an effective checking line player. If Pihlman can’t stick this year, he may be living on borrowed time in New Jersey’s organization.
Why Could Be Higher: Solidly built and may be ready for full time NHL employment.
Why Could Be Lower: Has really levelled off and not developed offensively as hoped.
NHL Upside: Physical two-way winger.
18. (-8) Aaron Voros, RW, 6.0 C
Acquired: 8th round, 229th overall, 2001 NHL Draft
Voros showed improvement on the ice and filled a variety of roles in his second season in the AHL with the River Rats. He scored 16 goals, and added 14 assists for 30 points in 73 games. When Cam Janssen was called up to New Jersey mid-way through the season, Voros, along with teammate David Clarkson filled the toughness void. Though his 180 PIM’s were down from last season’s 220, Voros was still there to stick up for his fellow River Rats.
Voros fell quite far down the prospect list, but that is more indicative of the talent the Devils added to their system through the draft and free agency. For an eighth round draft choice, he has easily exceeded expectations by getting this far. A daunting presence on the ice, Voros uses his 6’4 frame to his advantage and though not known as an offensive force, he has good hands around the net. He has no problem mucking it up around the boards, and as evidenced by his high PIM totals the past few seasons, he will not hesitate to drop the gloves. Voros will likely spend this coming season in the AHL again, but should he continue progressing at his current rate, there is a good chance of him challenging for a spot with New Jersey in 2007-08.
Why Could Be Higher: Great role player; contributes in all facets of the game.
Why Could Be Lower: Does not have a high ceiling; can he continue to improve?
NHL Upside: Crash and bang third line winger.
19. (-1) Jason Smith, G, 6.0 C
Acquired: 6th round, 197th overall, 2003 NHL Draft
Going into his junior season, his first as a starter for Sacred Heart, some were unsure how he would react to more playing time after only suiting up for 13 games his first two years with the Pioneers. By the end of the season, Smith had put those fears to rest with a spectacular year. In 30 games, he finished with an 18-11-1 record, 2.24 goals against average and a sparkling .927 save percentage. He also took home the Atlantic Hockey goaltender of the week award multiple times throughout the course of the season.
While the Atlantic Hockey Conference is not as strong as other conferences in the NCAA, the season Smith had cannot be ignored. A big, technically skilled goaltender, Smith had a breakout season that no doubt caught the eye of the Devils brass. He really blossomed this past season and going into his senior year, he will be out to build on the success of 2005-06 and hope to parlay an equally as strong 2006-07 season into getting an NHL contract from the Devils.
Why Could Be Higher: Had great first year as a starter.
Why Could Be Lower: Level of competition makes overall potential hard to read.
NHL Upside: NHL back-up goaltender.
20. (NR) Stephen Gionta, RW, 5.5 C
Acquired: Signed as free agent, April 2006
Gionta capped off his senior season at Boston College by putting up career numbers across the board. With 11 goals and 21 assists for 32 points, Gionta finished third in team scoring behind Brian Boyle (LA) and Chris Collins (BOS). At the end of the season, the undrafted Gionta signed an amateur tryout contract with Albany, and did not disappoint in his short stay as a River Rat. In three games he scored five goals, including a hat trick in his pro debut. That was enough to convince the Devils to sign Brian Gionta’s younger brother to a contract.
The third collegiate free agent to crack the Devils Top 20 list, Gionta does not have the pure offensive gifts that his older brother possesses, but he is a great skater and is responsible at both ends of the rink. His size will always be a concern, but with the success his brother has had at the NHL level, combined with the “new” more wide open NHL, there could be a spot for Gionta in New Jersey in the future as a role playing energy winger. While a call-up at some point this year isn’t completely out of the question, it is expected that Gionta will spend the 2006-07 season in Lowell getting accustomed to the daily grind of a full pro season.
Why Could Be Higher: Great work ethic and two-way skills.
Why Could Be Lower: Size will always be a concern and is not as offensively talented as his brother.
NHL Upside: Third/Fourth line energy winger.
Just missing the cut
David Clarkson, RW, 5.5 B
Alexander Sundstrom, C, 5.5 C
T.J. Miller, D, 5.5 C
Bryan Miller, D, 5.0 C
No longer eligible
Zach Parise, C (Graduated)
Adrian Foster, C (Age)
Teemu Laine, RW (Age)
Ilkka Pikkarainen, RW (Age and three-year rule)
Players no longer in organization
Ahren Nittel, RW (Not re-signed, now UFA)
Matt DeMarchi, D (Not re-signed, now UFA)
Josh Disher, G (Not signed prior to deadline)
D.J. Powers, Eugene Belashchenko and Sergei Balashov contributed to this article. Copyright 2006 Hockey’s Future. Do not reprint or otherwise duplicate without permission of the editorial staff.