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St. John’s IceCaps 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 1
By Phil Oxnard
Hartford, CT, October 10, 2015 – Jeremy Gregoire’s shorthanded goal was the game-winner, and Dustin Tokarski made 30 saves, as the St. John’s IceCaps defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack 3-1Saturday night at the XL Center, in the AHL season opener for both teams.
Chad Nehring scored the only Wolf Pack goal, and Magnus Hellberg stopped 27 shots in the Hartford net.
Both teams started aggressively in the first period with both teams taking a penalty at 4:08, Hartford’s Chris Summers and St. John’s Angelo Miceli taking two minutes for roughing and cross-checking, respectively. The Ice Caps scored on the ensuing 4-on-4 at 4:34, with Bud Holloway scoring off of the rebound of a shot by Mark Barberio.
The Wolf Pack have announced their opening night roster. Their season begins tonight against the St. John’s Ice Caps:
The Wolf Pack have signed forward Alex Krushelnyski to an AHL deal, and assigned him to the Utah Grizzlies in the ECHL. Krushelnyski played three games for Norfolk in the AHL last year (scoreless) and 62 games for Utah (17-40-57). Krushelnyski finished up his senior year at Colorado College in 2014. Krushelnyski will be a top line guy for Utah, and a depth forward for Hartford, should he be called up.
I know the 2016 NHL season hasn’t even started yet, but I really do love watching, scouting, and analyzing prospects. It is fun to watch them grow and develop into quality NHLers because for some strange reason you feel a sense of pride when one of “your guys” make an impact in the NHL.
For the American readers, this 2016 draft will be teeming with American stars in what can possibly be the best draft for the USA in quite a while. In this post I will be highlighting some of the top prospects in the draft just to give you guys some background behind the names that you will start hearing more.
The strength of the farm system for the Rangers has been called into question numerous times in the past few years. In fact, I can’t remember the last time the Rangers were ranked –by a reputable source– in the top-half of the league. My guess is that it’s close to 2010, when the Rangers had Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh ready to make an NHL impact.
But yet here we are in 2015, and the Rangers have two more prospects ready to contribute at the NHL level. Oscar Lindberg is starting as the team’s third line center, while Dylan McIlrath will be starting as the extra defenseman. Both had impressive preseasons, and while McIlrath is going to open the season as a scratch, all signs point to him making an impact this year.
The Hartford Wolf Pack have cut nine more players from camp:
Loaned by the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):
Forwards (2): Jack Combs, Kodie Curran
Released from training camp tryout and joining Greenville (ECHL):
Defensemen (1): Justin Da Silva
Released from training camp tryout and joining Missouri (ECHL):
Goaltender (1): Josh Robinson
The Hartford Wolf Pack trimmed their training camp roster by 12 players this past weekend:
Released from training camp tryouts and joining Greenville (ECHL):
Forwards (4): Domenic Alberga, Scott Fleming, Brad McGowan, Paul Rodrigues
Defensemen (3): Tyler Elbrecht, Sean Escobedo, Davis Vandane
Goaltenders (1): Alex Vazzano
Released from training camp tryouts:
Forwards (2): Luke Curadi, Stefano Momesso
It’s no real surprise that Donnay and Noreau, the only two signed to ELCs from the cut list, were sent to the ECHL. The Pack’s defense is loaded this year, and while both defensemen are huge, they have glaring holes in their respective games. Noreau spent most of last year in the ECHL, while Donnay was an overager in the OHL.
He’s not Vladimir Tarasenko and he’s not Cam Fowler. To this point, Dylan McIlrath’s professional career pales in comparison to those other 2010 first-round picks selected just after him. But to his credit, McIlrath is finally on the cusp of being an NHLer.
When McIlrath was selected 10th overall, he was a feared pugilist and open ice hitter with a grand total of 24 WHL points in his draft year and 19 fighting majors to his name. The Rangers drafted him for being a tough guy, with the dancing vision of a future Chris Pronger-like player no doubt dancing through their heads. Read More→
The Hartford Wolf Pack open camp today with 43 players on the roster. The official press release says 36, but doesn’t include the seven players who were cut yesterday. Here’s the full list from the press release:
Forwards (20): Domenic Alberga, Tyler Brown, Jack Combs, Luke Curadi, Scott Fleming, Marek Hrivik, Michael Kantor, Alex Krushelnyski, Chris McCarthy, Brad McGowan, Stefano Momesso, Chad Nehring, Richard Nejezchleb, Josh Nicholls, Shawn O’Donnell, Travis Oleksuk, Paul Rodrigues, Michael St. Croix, Adam Tambellini, Nick Tarnasky
Goalie Magnus Hellberg, forwards Luke Adam, Ryan Bourque, and Brian Gibbons, and defensemen Brady Skjei, Mat Bodie and Chris Summers were not on the press release, but will be joining the Wolf Pack for camp.
Seven days folks. Just seven more days until the first preseason game against the New Jersey Devils. Until then, some of the New York Rangers prospects and invites have been participating in a week long tournament in Traverse City against seven other NHL teams. While it has been pretty much impossible to watch, there are some people at the games that have been able to keep fans updated on how players are doing
All aboard the Brad Morrison hype train. I have been praising this kid since about March, then I wrote about him here a few weeks before the draft, and then finally I was elated that the Rangers actually chose the guy I wanted. With the barren offensive prospects the Rangers have at their disposal this year in Traverse City, Brad Morrison was asked to be part of the go to guys on offense and hasn’t disappointed. In the first game he was constantly getting chances, but just shooting high. That all changed when he provided the first goal of the tournament by using his shifty skating to cut right into the slot and go top shelf on the Minnesota Wild goalie.