Wolf Pack moves: Donnay, Noreau sent to ECHL

The Hartford Wolf Pack trimmed their training camp roster by 12 players this past weekend:

Reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):
Defensemen (2): Troy Donnay, Samuel Noreau

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.

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  • Big year for Michael St. Croix who needs to move up to Hartford if he’s going to keep the flame flickering.

    • St. Croix would’ve been better served going over to Europe, never gonna get a 2nd contract in New York or in the NHL period.

  • So did Diaz report to Hartfords camp? If he stays I’m guessing he along with Summers play on the right side since Skjei, Bodie, and Graves are all left sided D…

    Skjei. Diaz.
    Bodie. Summers.
    Graves. Hughes.
    That’s deep for an AHL D group!

    • The only thing is with the top 6 that I mentioned for Hartford it looks like Zamorsky and Andersson are on the outside looking in. It will be interesting to see if they decide to stay or go back to Europe. I believe once they decide what to do with Glass up with the Rangers Diaz will be sent back up and Skjei will also will be sent up once he gets some seasoning so hopefully they stay and will get playing time in the 2nd half of season.

      I believe Bellemore and Oleksuk are fighting for a contract…it will be interesting to see who gets an AHL contract and who gets an NHL contract(if the last spot is used on either). I think Oleksusk gets signed before Bellemore because of the aforementioned depth at D.

  • Right on JP! The Rangers have done an excellent job of accumulating talent and depth on the blue line. One guy in particular (aside from the players you mentioned) who I like a lot is Ryan Mantha. He’s a 6’5″ 225lb. 2014 4th round selection who shoots from the right side. In 2014-15′ Mantha played his first season for the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL. In 52 regular season games Mantha scored 10 goals and 15 assists and continued his solid play in the playoffs by contributing 6 points in 11 games. The towering Mantha is off to a good start this season supplying 2 points in the first 4 games of the young 2015-16′ season.

    It’s easy to see why the Rangers targeted Mantha in the 2014 draft. Some of his biggest strengths include his poise with the puck, his exceptional vision of the ice and the one that stands out most is his ability to make a strong first pass which is a major asset in Vigneault’s system. He keeps it smart and simple, plays a strong two way game and has a heavy shot from the point. His size and reach allows him to rely on the poke check but needs to improve on his physical play, lateral movement and skating. At only 19 years of age, Mantha has plenty of time to strengthen his weaknesses and polish his overall game.

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