I guess it's not suprising considering the depth we have on D in the minors but I'm dissapointed for Joanisse. I really liked him in pierrefonds.
What's more surprising is that only one (Martin) is headed towards Cincinnati. But again, when you look at their try-out rosters, they have already close to 20 players with the team. So really surprised not to see St-Denis and Pegoraro not going for the Cyclones. As far as Joanisse is concerned, seems to be heading more towards his studies than anything else......Liked him too.
Looks like Urquhart is still with the team.... for now.
Thursday, September 28th, 2006
Ø G Dov Grumet-Morris released by Hamilton (AHL) and will report to Cincinnati (ECHL)
Ø F Jean-Michel Daoust released by Hamilton (AHL) and will report to Cincinnati (ECHL)
Ø F Scott Reynolds released by Hamilton (AHL) and will report to Cincinnati (ECHL)
Ø D Riley Day released by Hamilton (AHL) and will report to Cincinnati (ECHL)
Ø D Niko Tuomi released by Hamilton (AHL) and will report to Florida (ECHL)
Monday, October 2nd, 2006
Ø F Daniel Pegararo released by Hamilton (AHL) and will report to Texas (ECHL)
Ø D Conrad Martin released by Hamilton (AHL) and will report to Cincinnati (ECHL)
Ø D Pier-Olivier Beaulieu released by Hamilton (AHL) and will report to Texas (ECHL)
Ø D Frederic St. Denis released by Hamilton (AHL) and will report to Drummondville (QMJHL)
Ø D Andre Joanisse released by Hamilton (AHL) and will attend the Université de Québec à Trois Rivières (CIS)
there was a thread on the oilers board yesterday about it. damn, dogs should be really solid this year, i thought the defense would suck over the summer, but Jancevski, Roy, Cote, Groulx, Benoit, O'Byrne, Archer and maybe Sanford, and hopefully not Traverse should make up a solid D core.
Duncan has had some maturity problems but he is a fierce competitor and too driven to go quietly into the night. I think the Habs camp was a real wakeup call for him as he saw younger players getting far more attention and longer looks than him. He knows that this season is basically his last kick at the can. His play at camp shows he wants top line minutes in Hamilton. If I'm wrong I'm wrong, but I really believe he's going to step up to the plate.
We haven't heard the last from Duncan Milroy yet. I'm predicting this is his breakout year in Hamilton. Up until now he's been a disappointment, but this is his year. He will lead the Dog's in goals.
He's slowly gotten better each year imo, especially in his defensive play but the one thing that concerned me about him was that he was not playing an aggressive game offensively, not driving to the net hard or paying the price to get a good scoring chance. That said I've always liked his wrist shot and have hoped for him to show some of the great play he did in the whl. It would be a good time to break out, he is running out of time.
I thoughout Ferland and Archer would be breakout players last year but both were hit by injuries again, costing them to miss a chunk of time. Hopefully this year will be a big one for both, especially Ferland who I could see him adding more offense to the team. Another guy I hope steps up is Lambert. I think he could score some goals for Hamilton, really like his shot but he's running out of time and needs a lot of work in other areas and may never get the message. Will be interesting to see what Urquhart does since he's in the same boat as Lambert, both enter the final year of their contracts and so far haven't made a mark within the organization, but both have solild offensive skills as well as many weaknesses.