IceCaps training camp set to get underway

Brendan McCarthy
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Some familiar faces, some new ones among 27 players who will hit the ice at Mile One today

The Winnipeg Jets still have about a dozen cuts to make to get down to their 23-man limit before the 2013-14 National Hockey League season begins a week from now, and those cuts will likely make up about half the roster of the American Hockey League’s St. John’s IceCaps.
However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be a sufficient amount of players on hand as the IceCaps open up their third training camp today at Mile One Centre.

St. John's IceCaps

The Winnipeg Jets still have about a dozen cuts to make to get down to their 23-man limit before the 2013-14 National Hockey League season begins a week from now, and those cuts will likely make up about half the roster of the American Hockey League’s St. John’s IceCaps.

However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be a sufficient amount of players on hand as the IceCaps open up their third training camp today at Mile One Centre.

As of Sunday, there were 27 players — two goalies, nine defencemen and 16 forwards — expected to be on the ice today in St. John’s. Some are known quantities for IceCaps fans, but there are a whole lot of newcomers.

Here’s a rundown of who will be working out under the eyes of St. John’s head coach Keith McCambridge, assistant coaches Mark Morrison, Ian Anderson and Jason King, and goalie coach Dusty Imoo:

 

Goaltenders (2)

Jussi Olkinuora, who turned pro with the Jets last spring after leaving the University of Denver, has a two-way NHL deal with the Jets.

Adam Brown, who turned pro with the IceCaps’ 2012-13 ECHL affiliate, the Colorado Eagles, after a solid Western Hockey League career with the Kelowna Rockets, is here on a tryout.

Still in Winnipeg’s camp are Eddie Pasquale and Michael Hutchinson.

 

Defenceman (9)

Will O’Neill and big Cody Sol are back as is Patrick Cullity, who finished up with St. John’s last season.

Sol has an NHL deal, while O’Neill and Cullity are on AHL contracts, as is newcomer Kris Fredheim, who played with the AHL’s Houston Aeros the last three seasons and had a brief stint in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild a couple of years ago.

The only rearguards currently on the roster who are first-year pros are tryout Zach Bell, who spent the last four years with the North Bay (prior to that, Brampton) Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League, and Brenden Kichton, on an entry-level contract.

Kichton was drafted by the Jets in June after being named the Western Hockey League’s defenceman of the year.

On professional tryouts are Cody Lampl, who played mostly in the ECHL the last three seasons; Travis Erhardt, who was in Finland in 2012-13 after a few years with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, and Jordan Hill, who has seen AHL time in each of the last three seasons with the Manchester Monarchs and Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

 

Forwards (16)

Centres and wingers already in town include familiar faces in captain Jason Jaffray, John Albert, Josh Lunden, Kael Mouillierat and Ryan Schnell. They’re all signed to AHL deals, except for Albert, who has a two-way NHL contract.

Other forwards on the training-camp roster with minor-league contracts include three who played elsewhere in the AHL last season: centre Kyle MacKinnon (Providence) and right-wingers Blair Riley (Bridgeport) and Maxime Legault (Rochester).

Rookie forwards with contracts include J.C. Lipon and Austen Brassard, Jets’ draft picks who have entry-level NHL deals, along with six-foot-three Yasin Cisse, a pick of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010, the year before the franchise moved to Winnipeg. Cisse has an AHL contract.

Forwards in camp on tryouts include St. John’s native Zach O’Brien, who totalled 193 points over the last two seasons in the QMJHL; Blair MacAulay, out of the University of Manitoba and a two-time CIS West MVP; Mike Ullrich, a 6-2 centre who averaged better than a point a game in the ECHL last season; Cornell product Patrick Kennedy, who also played in the ECHL in 2012-13; and Phillip-Michael Devos, who spent the last two seasons in the AHL.

We’re not sure how many players Devos will know among the IceCaps who will hit the ice for their first formal practice today, but he’s bound to be more than a familiar with quite of few on the Syracuse Crunch, who will provide the opposition for St. John’s in the three-game Mary’s Cup competition, beginning later this week.

Last season, Devos played 70 games for the Crunch, who rolled all the way to Calder Cup final last spring before losing to Grand Rapids.

The Crunch will also be holding their training camp at Mile One, beginning Tuesday. It’s the third straight year Tampa Bay’s farm team has visited Newfoundland for the pre-season.

 

Notes: The Mary’s Cup tournament begins with a game Thursday night at Mile One, continues with a contest at the Clarenville Events Centre Saturday afternoon and finishes up Sunday afternoon at Mile One … The Crunch are expected to bring 20 players to St. John’s, including goalies Cedrick Desjardins and Riku Helenius; defenceman Charles Landry, Daniel Milan, Joey Mormina, Nikita Nesterov, Artem Sergeev and Luke Witkowski; and forwards Brady Brassart, Danick Gautheir, Maxime Langelier-Parent, Vladimir Namestnikov, Carl Nielsen, Eric Neilson, Drew Olson, Philippe Paradis, Cedic Paquette, Evan Rankin, Tanner Richard and Geoff Walker … The Syracuse head coach is Rob Zettler, who took over after Jon Cooper was promoted to become the Lightning’s bench boss midway through last season … Veteran defenceman Dean Arsene, who spent last season with the IceCaps, has been given a tryout with the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat. The 33-year-old Arsene is from Abbotsford and operates an organic blackberry farm in the area … Defenceman James Melindy of Goulds has been assigned to the AHL’s Portland Pirates by the Phoenix Coyotes. Melindy, a third-round pick of the Coyotes in 2012, signed an entry-level deal with Phoenix over the summer ...

 

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Still in the 'Peg

The 37 players remaining in the Winnipeg Jets’ training camp as of Sunday. All are signed to either one-way or two-way NHL contracts except for defenceman Josh Morrissey, the only player eligible to return to junior ranks. The Jets aren’t expected to make any further cuts until after a pre-season game tonight against the Edmonton Oilers.

 

Goalies (4)

Eddie Pasquale, Ondrej Pavelec, Michael Hutchinson, Al Montoya

 

Defenceman (12)

Jacob Trouba, Zach Redmond, Josh Morrissey, Zach Bogosian, Ben Chiarot, Julian Melchiori, Adam Pardy, Paul Postma, Toby Enstrom, Mark Stuart, Grant Clitsome, Dustin Byfuglien

 

Forwards (21)

Evander Kane, James Wright, Jim Slater, Chris Thorburn, Eric Tangradi, Devin Setoguchi, Mark Scheifele, Anthony Peluso, Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little, Jerome Samson, Blake Wheeler, Patrice Cormier, Ivan Telegin, Adam Lowry, Eric O’Dell, Olli Jokinen, Matt Halishchuk, Andrew Gordon, Carl Klingberg, Michael Frolik

Organizations: American Hockey League, IceCaps, National Hockey League Winnipeg Jets Western Hockey League University of Denver Houston Aeros Minnesota Wild Ontario Hockey League Atlanta Thrashers University of Manitoba Phoenix Coyotes Clarenville Events Centre

Geographic location: Winnipeg, North Bay, Finland Jordan Hill Bridgeport Rochester Calder Tampa Bay Newfoundland Syracuse Abbotsford Goulds Phoenix

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