Finally!!! an excuse to start writing about hockey again, this lockout business is really starting to get depressing and I find myself watching KHL highlights while contemplating the purchase of an Ovechkin HC Dynamo Moscow jersey…you know, just in case 🙂
As Tweeted/Posted by James Mirtle, here is the upcoming Marlies training camp roster for the 2012-2012 season:
Forwards: Spencer Abbott, Will Acton, Carter Ashton, Keith Aucoin, Tyler Brenner, Sam Carrick, Joe Colborne, Andrew Crescenzi, Jerry D’Amigo, Nicolas Deschamps, Jamie Devane, Ryan Hamilton, Adam Hughesman, Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov, Greg McKegg, Brad Ross, Kenny Ryan, Greg Scott and Mike Zigomanis
Defencemen: Jesse Blacker, Mark Fraser, Jake Gardiner, Ryan Grimshaw, Simon Gysbers, Korbinian Holzer, Mike Kostka, Paul Ranger, Corey Syvret and Dylan Yeo
Goaltenders: Andrew Engelage, Mark Owuya, Jussi Rynnas and Ben Scrivens
You will notice that Matt Frattin is not on the list but never fear, this is only because he is still technically on IR; the Leafs brass also managed to skirt waivers with Ben Scrivens by signing him to an AHL contract if I understand the situation correctly.
Was quite happy to see Adam Hughesman’s name on the list, an invite to the Development Camp held earlier this year and a bit of a standout in my opinion, of which we covered in some detail in the post below. It also appears that the rumours about ex-Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Paul Ranger joining the Marlies are confirmed with his name appearing on the list which definitely increases the caliber level and ceiling of this years blueline. With the likes of Ranger, Fraser and Holzer patrolling the blueline along with the remaining freshman and sophmore’s, they are bound to be a potent force this coming year. A few names that jumped out of the list as being somewhat unfamiliar included Ryan Grimshaw (D), Corey Syvret (D) and Andrew Engelage (G).
Now Engelage’s name I do actually recall from past Marlies training camps. He has since split time between the AHL Marlies and ECHL Utah Grizzlies where he posted a reasonable 2.63 GAA and .911 SV Pct on a team that went 33-33-0-6.
Ryan Grimshaw is a former USNTDP U-18 standout defenseman who was regarded as a technically solid stay at home defenseman according to Hockey’s Future. The 6’0″, 195lbs right shot has spent the last few years playing college hockey for Harvard University representing them as their 119th captain and going 4th on the team in blocked shots.
Corey Syvret (the younger brother of Danny Syvret) was selected 181st in the 2007 draft by the Florida Panthers and split some time between the the ECHL Trenton Titans and the AHL Portland Pirates. The 27 year old 6’2″ 200 pound defenseman was known to be a solid defender with good mobility and first outlet pass during his days with the Guelph Storm and hopefully he can find his game here at the next level.
Not a bad roster so far, looking forward to seeing them in action this year and hopefully they will get even more support with the NHL lockout looming. Food for thought!