Recent UMass alums work their way towards NHL

by Richard Murray
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Justin Braun - San Jose Sharks

Photo: San Jose Sharks defenseman and University of Massachusetts alum Justin Braun is the first of a recent group of that school's alums to make it to the NHL (courtesy of Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Casey Wellman has been with three organizations since turning pro during the 2009-10 season, but this season could mark his best chance to become an NHL regular.

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Jurco, Ouellet among Wings prospects to enjoy long post-seasons

by Mike Farkas
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Tom Jurco at the 2011 NHL Draft.

Photo: Tomas Jurco is among the few Red Wings prospects to see an extensive post-season. (Brace Hemmelgarn/Icon SMI)

 

Success in Hockeytown is measured in Stanley Cups, but unfortunately, the Detroit Red Wings and their local affiliates came up well short of their intended goals this past season. The Red Wings made the playoffs but failed to advance past the division rival Nashville Predators in the first round. The AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins missed the playoffs altogether. They won just three of their final 10 games down the stretch and missed the playoffs by nine points. At the ECHL level, the Toledo Walleye posted the third-worst record in the league as they were unable to clinch a postseason berth for the second straight season. It was a disappointing spring for most Red Wings prospects abroad as well, though there were several notable exceptions.

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Numerous positives found in disappointing Penguins post-season

by Ian Altenbaugh
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London Knights defenseman Scott Harrington

Photo: Finishing the season with an OHL championship and an appearance at the Memorial Cup, defenseman Scott Harrington easily saw the most post-season success of any Penguin prospect. (Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

Only two years ago an extended run in the NHL post-season was a seeming right of passage for the Pittsburgh Penguins organization and their rabid fanbase. But after two consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2008 and 2009, the Penguins have experienced dramatic early post-season upsets, the first in 2011 against the Tampa Bay Lightning and most recently in 2012 to the Philadelphia Flyers.

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IHL Prospect Makes the Jump to the ECHL

by Wil Kirwan
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Ryan Brindley, a former Houston Aero has made the move to the ECHL to play for the South Carolina Stingrays. Brindley is entering his second professional season, and according to South Carolina head coach Rick Adduono, “Ryan is a very skilled defenseman with good size and an explosive shot” .
Brindley represents the sixth player signed by South Carolina, and will prove to be a valuable asset to the South Carolina blue line. Brindley has an explosive shot, and will be a definite candidate for call-ups through out the year.
Ryan Brindley’s signing is not only significant because of his status as a player in the IHL or possibly a future NHLer brindley also bring with him youth. Brindley comes to a team that has lost most of it’s players due to league regulations prohibiting players with more than 235 games of professional experience to number greater than 4 per team.
Overall, Brindley rates about a 7 on the possibility of him seeing NHL timein the future. He has the size (6’ 205lbs.) to play physical, but whether or not he can prove himself on the ice remains to be seen. Brindley will more than likely see some time in The AHL with Rochester, the Stingrays’ affiliate, but whether or not he gets ice time, and whether or not he takes advantage of the opportunity are what remains to be seen.

Stats on Ryan Brindley:


Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1995-96 Miami University (Ohio) NCAA 35 2 3 5 63 Read more»

South Carolina Stingrays Off Season Report

by Wil Kirwan
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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 Read more»

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