The Hartford Wolfpack have announced their training camp roster, with camp set to begin tomorrow (on-ice on Friday). There are currently 30 players (18 forwards, 9 defensemen, 3 goalies) in camp for the Pack, but that number will change as players get cut by the Rangers and cut by the Pack. The training camp roster as of today:
Forwards: Sean Ambrosie, Scott Arnold, J.T. Barnett, Ryan Bourque, Andrew Carroll, Jean-Philipp Chabot, Brodie Dupont, Angelo Esposito, Tyler Gjurich, Brandon Hynes, Kyle Jean, Matt Kirzinger, Josh Nicholls, Shawn O’Donnell, Andrew Rowe, Michael St. Croix, Matt Thurber, Jason Wilson
Defense: Brad Cole, Jace Coyle, Charlie Dodero, Sam Klassen, Jason Lepine, Mike Marcou, Brendon Nash, Samuel Noreau, Bretton Stamler
Goal: Jeff Malcolm, Jason Missiaen, Scott Stajcer
Most of these names should look familiar, but it’s nice to see Brodie Dupont back with the Rangers organization. Also interesting to see Angelo Esposito –famous for being the top prospect sent to Atlanta from Pittsburgh for Marian Hossa– in camp as well.
The battle for forward positions has been the talk of training camp thus far, and several of New York’s youngsters have made strong cases to be on the opening night roster. Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg, Jesper Fast, Danny Kristo and Marek Hrivik have all impressed, while 2011 first-round pick J.T. Miller hasn’t gotten the opportunity due to injuries. With Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan out for the first chunk of the season, one or more of these players will likely be thrust into significant roles come October 3rd.
Chris Kreider has been skating with Brad Richards and Rick Nash for much of camp and it seems like a foregone conclusion that he’ll be locked into a top-six role at the start of the season. But after Kreider, the roster battle is still ongoing. Read more »
The Pack added another depth forward today, signing Andrew Rowe to an AHL contract. Rowe went undrafted out of Michigan State, and landed with the Flyers organization (Philadelphia Phantoms) in 2010. Rowe bounced around the AHL and ECHL for two years while with the Flyers organization, with the ECHL time spent with the Greenville Road Warriors (Rangers ECHL affiliate). Rowe has 94 AHL games (15-9-24) and 78 ECHL games (35-45-80) under his belt.
Rowe will be a depth player for the Wolfpack. Since this is an AHL deal, he does not count towards the 50-contract limit for the Rangers.
The Wolfpack continue to add defensive depth, this time inking three-year pro Brendon Nash to an AHL deal. Nash has appeared in 128 AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal’s system) and San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers system), putting up a line of 11-38-49. Nash has also appeared in a pair of NHL games with the Canadiens without registering a point. The 6’3, 206 lb defenseman (left-handed shot, 26 years old) was a graduate of Cornell before joining the Canadiens farm system in 2010.
Since this is an AHL deal, Nash does not count against the 50 contract limit and cannot be called up to the Rangers. Expect Nash to compete for a top-six role in Hartford.
Wolfpack GM Jim Schoenfeld added to the goalie depth of the organization by signing Yale goalie Jeff Malcolm to an AHL deal. Malcolm was a key piece for Yale as they made their Cinderella run to the NCAA Championship. In 30 games this past season, Malcom went 20-6-2 with a 2.24 GAA and a .919 SV%. The 6’2, 185-lb goalie will compete with Cam Talbot, Jason Missiaen, and Scott Stajcer for the goalie spots in the AHL and ECHL.
The Wolfpack re-signed forward Andrew Carroll this morning to an undisclosed –likely AHL only– deal. Carroll initially signed with the Wolfpack, then the Whale, in April of last season, and played 24 games with the Whale/Pack, notching a goal and four assists. Carroll will likely be AHL depth on a team that will be comprised mostly of kids looking to impress the big club. Carroll may also bounce around in the ECHL, where he averages close to a point-per-game.
The Hartford Wolfpack are being reborn, as the three year experiment with the Connecticut Whale name has been terminated. The Wolfpack originally changed their name to the Whale for the 2010-2011 season, and it was a feeble ploy to cash in on the Hartford Whalers legacy. The awful green color and equally awful name are no more, and the Hartford Wolfpack will be returning next year. Considering the Whale missed the playoffs, it’s always good to end the year on a high note.
Yesterday was a busy day for the Whale, as they made six moves to fill out the roster in time for their Calder Cup run. The Whale called up forwards Jason Wilson, Danny Hobbs, and Jordie Johnston, and goaltender Scott Stajcer from the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. In addition, the Whale signed forward Michael Kantor and defenseman Charlie Dodero to ATOs from Sudbury in the OHL.
All six will be with the Whale for their next game on Friday.
The Connecticut Whale have signed undrafted free agent forward Barclay Goodrow to an ATO. Goodrow, who just finished his fourth season with the Brampton Battalion of the OHL, led the team with 38 goals in 62 games this season. The 6’2, 214 lb, 20-year old forward scored at least 20 goals in each of his last three seasons. He also scored five points (2-3-5) in five playoff games this season.
As more teams are eliminated from CHL contention, expect some ATOs to be signed by a few guys. This is essentially a tryout for Goodrow.
According to the AHL website, the Rangers have sent J.T. Miller and Chris Kreider to the CT Whale. Coach John Tortorella expressed concern that the magnitude of the virtual playoff games the Blueshirts are playing right now might be too much for the two, so these transactions aren’t a surprise.
The moves clear over $2 million in cap space and ensure that both Miller and Kreider will be eligible for the AHL playoffs. It is possible that New York is looking to acquire another forward today.