Once the Sabres send their junior prospects back to their respective teams, the club then decides which players need more seasoning in the minor leagues. Some of these demoted players are career minor-leaguers, but there is usually a handful of prospects that possess definite NHL potential.
The first 14 players sent to Rochester’s camp from Buffalo included the following: goaltenders Tom Askey and Reg Bourcier; forwards Milan Bartovic, Alan Fyfe, Ales Kotalik, Jaroslav Kristek, Karel Mosovsky and Andrew Peters; and defensemen Doug Houda, Mike Hurlbut, Doug Janik, Mario Larocque, Luc Theoret and Brad Williamson. The Amerks later cut Fyfe and Williamson.
The players in this initial grouping that garnered the most notice from Buffalo’s coaches were Bourcier, Bartovic and Kristek. Goaltender Reg Bourcier is a free agent who last season played for Mobile of the ECHL (37 GP, 14-9-5, 3.53). Reg is a smaller goaltender who relies on his quickness and good positioning to stop the puck, skills that were in evidence during the camp scrimmages. Given the fact that Mika Noronen and Tom Askey will most likely be the Amerk’s goaltenders, Bourcier will probably provide further depth for the Buffalo organization as a backstop for the South Carolina Stingrays.
Bartovic and Kristek are two right wings that saw their first AHL action last season. Milan didn’t join the Amerks until shortly before the playoffs, but he impressed in his short audition by displaying his great speed and offensive skills. Kristek’s season ended early due to dual shoul Read more»
Well now that the final roster has been announced, lets get down to business. Making the Cut for opening night will be Kris Kolanos, Martin Grenier, Tyler Bouck, Daniel Briere, and Jean-Guy Trudel. Not making the cut and being reassigned to Springfield, the Coyotes top minor league affiliate of the AHL, were David Cullen and Goran Bezina. Also Martin Podelsak was reassigned to his junior team, the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL.
Goran Bezina was assigned to Springfield after an amazing camp that opened the eyes of not only Bob Francis, but also the whole front office of the Coyotes. When the Coyotes defensemen did a drill during the preseason they were told to shoot as many pucks from the point as they can. At the end of the drill, he was the only one standing and laughing. We should see either him or Kirill Safronov during the season as one of the call-ups.
Another shine at camp was Martin Grenier who looks he may be filling the role of unrestricted free agent, Louie DeBrusk and become the enforcer on this team. Look for him to be standing up for every one of the defensemen let alone the forwards. He led the NHL alone in PIM for the preseason and I assume he will be more disciplined going into the regular season.
Daniel Briere will finally get his shot in the NHL full-time (hopefully). He finished up the preseason tied for the most points in the league (12). He also led the league in assists and Bob Francis has said he will be one of the top centers come Thursday, the Coyotes first game. The Coyotes will look to him to put out the same effort and enth Read more»
Here is a list from the teams website of players cut today:
Goaltenders (4): Rick DiPietro, Dusan Salficky, David St. Germain, Stephen Valiquette
Defensemen (6): Chris Armstrong, Ray Giroux, Marko Kiprusoff, Evgeny Korolev, Branislav Mezei, Ray Schultz
Forwards (10): Marco Charpentier, Ben Guite, Trent Hunter, Juraj Kolnik, Petr Mika, Justin Mapletoft, Dave Roche, Jason Podollan, Marko Tuomainen, Raffi Torres
Forward David Nemirovsky was released. Bridgeport signees Graham Belak and Bob Lachance remain Sound Tigers property.
What’s next ?
Today moves leave the Islanders with a few decisions to make, and some of them could be the end of the line for a few players.Â Alan Hahn in Newsday,Â says the teams payroll is over budget so some players could be bought out of contracts if they are not traded with the Isles taking onÂ part of the salaries.Â
Jason Krog-The former Hobey Baker Winner was on the teams waiver list Friday and went unclaimed. Krog has not been in the teams final exhibition games and was not among the cuts today.Â If he were in the Isles plans he would have been in the lineup, but with several smaller players on the Isles he seems to be the odd-man out of the organization.
Â His new two-year contract may be what kept him from being claimed Friday.Â Going by the last two years the numbers are there for Krog, despite the Isles affiliate problems. His scoring background in College should make him someone the Isles wanted to protect because he has never really gotten a real look on Read more»
Admirals Slim Roster down to 29 skaters
The Admirals have announced that defenseman Chris Bogas has been assigned to Jackson (ECHL) while forwards Olivier Morin and David Thibeault have been assigned to Columbus (ECHL). Norfolk released several players as well, including forwards Ryan Dolder, Chris Pittman, Troy Lake, Jason Stewart, Brad Both, Bret DeCecco, Nick Lent, Kelly Smart and Mark Scott. Also released by the club were defensemen Arved Rekis, Dion Lassu, Mike Josefowicz and Jaroslav Kerestes. Troy Lake and Bret DeCecco are headed back to Roanoke (ECHL) as for the others released only time will tell where they find themselves. One would assume that roster moves lock in a roster spot for former ECHL Admirals Rick Kowalsky and Bobby Russell but no assumptions will be made because afterall hockey can still be a brutal business.
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Colby Armstrong, RW Red Deer (WHL)
Week: 4 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 2 points, 13 PIM
Season: 4 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 2 points, 13 PIM
Shane Endicott, C Seattle (WHL)
Week: DNP – With NHL Penguins
Season: 0 games
Steven Crampton, RW Moose Jaw (WHL)
Week: DNP – Injured
Season: 0 games
Michel Ouellet, RW Rimouski (QMJHL)
Week: 4 games, 6 goals, 4 assists, 10 points, 4 PIM
Season: 4 games, 6 goals, 4 assists, 10 points, 4 PIM
Drew Fata, D Toronto St Mike’s (OHL)
Week: 4 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 2 points, 9 PIM
Season: 4 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 2 points, 9 PIM
Alexandre Rouleau, D Val d’Or (QMJHL)
Week: 6 games, 0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points, 10 PIM
Season: 6 games, 0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points, 10 PIM
Peter Hamerlik, G Kingston (OHL)
Week: 3 games, 119 min, 10 GA, 5.04 GAA, .867 SvPct
Season: 3 games, 119 min, 10 GA, 5.04 GAA, .867 SvPct
Brandon Crawford-West, G Texas (NAHL)
Week: 5 games, 262:36 min, 17 GA, 3.88 GAA, .864 SvPct Read more»