AHL Report Headlines: Sunday September 24, 2017

  On this day in hockey history1992 — Eric Lindros makes his NHL debut with the Philadelphia Flyers on home ice at the Spectrum in a preseason matchup against the Quebec Nordiques. He tallies a goal and an assist in the 4-3 win. 1998 — The Nashville Predators play their first NHL game and come out victorious, with a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers.
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Brett Lernout (Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media)

by Joseph Whalen, Staff Writer, AHL Report

 

► Canadiens cut players from camp

  • The Canadiens have greatly pared down their training camp roster over the past week, sending many players down to the AHL or returning them to their junior squads. Forwards Jordan Boucher, Kevin Dufour, Alexandre Goulet, James McEwan, Maxime Fortier, Niki Petti, Yannick Veilleux, Thomas Ebbing, Antoine Waked, Markus EisenschmidDaniel Audette, Jeremy GregoireDavid Broll, Martin Reway, and Nikita Scherbak will report to the Laval Rocket for training camp. Joining them will be defensemen William Corrin, Saverio Posa, Stefan Leblanc, Simon Bourque, Thomas ParisiBrett Lernout. Goaltenders Michael McNiven and Zachary Fucale have also been released and will also report to Laval. It was also announced that defenseman Zach Redmond cleared waivers and will report to Rocket training camp.

► AHL preseason schedule released

  • The American Hockey League announced its 2017 preseason schedule. The AHL enters the 2017-18 season with 30 teams, with the addition of three new names in the Eastern Conference: the Laval Rocket, the Belleville Senators and the Binghamton Devils. The Rocket kick off their preseason action at home on September 30th against Belleville.

► Beast signings

  • The Brampton Beast announced that Mark Bennett signed a Standard Player Contract (SPC) with the club for the 2017-18 ECHL season. This will mark Bennett’s third season in the ECHL, previously playing for the defunct Elmira Jackals. The team also announced that Corey Durocher will be returning to the lineup and has also signed a SPC.

► All-American Prospects Game

  • Former NHLers Chris Chelios and Brian Leetch stepped behind the bench to coach 42 of the best young hockey players born in the United States in the sixth annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. It was Brady Tkachuk, son of Keith Tkachuk, who fired home the game winner late in the third period to give Team Leetch the victory.

► It’s signing season

  • As the AHL season rapidly approaches, this week saw a group of players signed to professional tryouts.

September 18

  • The Hershey Bears signed forwards Matt CareyJeremy LangloisTaylor Cammarata and Andrew Cherniwchan, and defenseman Frankie Simonelli to professional tryout contracts.
  • Carey, 25, scored 21 goals and added eight assists for 29 points in 73 games with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack last season. Langlois, 27, notched eight goals and six assists in 66 AHL games with the Rockford IceHogs in 2016-17. Cammarata, 22, begins his rookie season after four years at the University of Minnesota, where he tallied five goals and 15 assists in 34 games as a senior in 2016-17. Cherniwchan, 28, has spent the majority of his five-year pro career with Hershey’s ECHL affiliate in South Carolina. He also has 17 goals and 19 assists for 36 points in 134 AHL contests with Providence and Springfield. Simonelli, 24, notched one assist in six AHL games with the Bakersfield Condors last season, spending most of the year with Norfolk (ECHL).

September 20

  • The Chicago Wolves announced that forward Brock Trotter has signed a professional tryout contract with the club. Trotter, 30, has spent the last three seasons in Europe after missing two years due to injury. Last season in Finland’s Liiga, Trotter recorded 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points in 42 games between SaiPa Lappeenranta and Karpat.Trotter’s last action in North America came during the 2011-12 season, when he notched 14 goals and 24 assists for 38 points in 42 AHL games with Hamilton, Portland and St. John’s.