AHL Contracts all the way
Greetings from Austin, TX, where it is entirely too early. I was kind of busy over the weekend what with my best friend getting married and such. Business must still be conducted, and the Bakersfield Condors made their first cuts. Four players were assigned to the Ads, each one of them an AHL contract. I’ve written about each of them this summer. I’m going to use this space to provide updates. The four players were G Ty Rimmer, and Alexis Loiseau, Connor Rankin, and Marco Roy, all forwards.
Ty Rimmer was always going to be an Admiral. Rimmer posted subpar ECHL numbers in net last year and has played a total of 4 AHL games (3 with OKC, 1 with Manchester). Signing an AHL contract meant he could only go two places; numbers forced him to Norfolk. I doubt Raphael Girard will stay because he has a contract in France. Phillipe Cadorette was in Tampa Training Camp and has a Norfolk contract, but I think he will just be around. Edmonton put Ben Scrivens on waivers for assignment yesterday, if he clears, he goes to Bakersfield. Scrivens in Bako would force one of Laurent Brossoit or Eetu Laurikainen to Norfolk. I’d lean Laurikainen. Won’t know more about that until this afternoon.
Alexis Loiseau is an undrafted forward who put up great numbers for Rimouski in the Q. Loiseau signed an AHL contract, he was squeezed out by numbers and play. Read more about Loiseau here.
Marco Roy is a former 2nd round pick of the Oilers. Being chosen in the second round is a decent valuation of talent yet not necessarily banking on a guarantee. Edmonton’s refusal to sign Roy to an ELC is telling, especially because he signed an AHL contract. Roy’s going to be dynamic, he might be the best player on the team this year.
Connor Rankin is another AHL contract. Rankin played in the WHL, spending most of his career with the Tri-City Americans before ending with the Calgary Hitmen. Rankin is all potential; I think he’s a 3rd liner/10th forward (ECHL teams typically go with 9 or 10 forwards–teams have 18 players including 2 goalies). Read more about Rankin here.
Norfolk training camp roster released
The Ads also released their training camp roster. ECHL contracts make up the bulk of the roster along with some tryouts with SPHL/ECHL experience. Maxime Legault, a former Buffalo 7th rounder with AHL+ECHL experience, appears to be the most likely to make the roster. He spent last year in the German 2nd league. When he was in the states, Legault was a somewhat productive player, especially at the ECHL level.
Daniil Zharkov is a 2012 Edmonton 3rd rounder. Zharkov has been bouncing up and down in Russian leagues, mostly in the VHL last year. Nothing flashy, a whole 9 points. Zharkov does have North American experience, in the USHL and OHL. He’s been a disappointment, so maybe he gets a resurgence in Norfolk? Outside of the AHL and NHL contracts already signed, I can’t foresee anyone else making the team. I could be wrong, of course. Hockey starts next week!