the loose ends are the guys who played on Whale AHL contracts last year -
Tessier seemed to have found a home in Hartford after 2 pretty good years,
Tanski, Max Campbell, Kale Kerbashian could merit their 2d pro season also with Whale system.
Nightingale signed in AHL, Owens and goalie Jerry Kuhn signed in Europe.
McKelvie is likely gone for good, along with McNaught.
If Klassen would sign a AHL deal, I'd bring him back, the only lefties among the current 8 D are Redden, Vernace, Niemi (Righty's: Parlett, McIlrath, Collins, Pyett, Delisle)
PS probably time to create a
2012-2013 Connecticut Whale/Greenville Road Warriors Thread (AHL, ECHL) Thread
Missing at least one top 6 LW to replace the "loss" of Wellman, remember that we also lost 4 additional more or less competent fwds in MZA, JAM, Deveaux and Thuresson (well kinda)!!! This is a tough loss for CT club.
Expect a 2 way deal signed soon with a borderline NHLer or maybe bring in a camp invitee?
Jason Krog anyone?
Tanski, Tessier or Owens? Might all be plausible AHL contract signings for fwd depth...
Will Miller be put on the Whale or go back to Jrs? Remember Grachev... Unless Miller has a great camp and earns a 10 game tryout with NYR (which I really hope for!). I think they might want to try to groom him foremost as a center though - no?
If he is not in the AHL To start the year, really then see us needing to add 2 fwds to the top 6
Niemi and Wilsson most likely ECHL bound to start with at least...maybe also Jean
Lots of new faces on D. Losing Erixon, Valentenko and Bell will be felt, Nightingale and Klassen not so much
Will Redden even return?
When will Big Mac be ready to go?
i do expect Lindberg to play in North America, but not Fasth
Re the AHL guys, Owens signed overseas (see EliteProspects),
besides Tessier and Tanski, the other AHL F's were Kale Kerbashian, Chris Mckelvie and NYR draftees Max Campbell and Randy Mcnaught.
While kerbashian didnt distinguish himself in Charlotte, Mcnaught was overmatched, and McKelvie just an routine AHL depth F, Campbell is an interesting case.
After an injured first half at Greenville, coach Stork didn't take to him, and he was swapped out west to Stockton, where he found his game with a strong 2d half and dominant playoff
on D, i would welcome back Klassen if he'd sign an AHL deal, now that his NHL deal completed. He improved each year and is still young, but hasnt earned a 2d NHL deal
While Niemi had 2 unimpressive years, he's barely 22, and maybe Beuk can get him on track, tho I'd gladly have NYR trade him for another team's long-shot young player with similar profile (Niemi was drafted 72 over all in '08 and is 6'2" and >200#)