Rangers AHL affiliate the Hartford Wolf Pack announce initial training camp roster
The New York Rangers AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack have announced their initial training camp roster. A total of 30 players will begin today as they await to see if Jake Leschyshyn and potentially other players currently at camp with the big club will join them soon.
Prior to the opening of camp, Hartford announced the signing of ten players to a PTO (professional tryout). They include forwards Luka Burzan, James Hardie, Peter Laviolette, and Michal Mrazik. On defense they’ve signed Matthew Cairns, Chris Cameron, Billy Constantinou, Steven MacLean, and Ryan McCleary. Goalie Brad Arvaniti rounds out the group.
Per the team’s press release:
The Wolf Pack currently has 17 forwards, ten defensemen, and three goaltenders on the training camp roster.
Forwards (17): Matej Pekar, Turner Elson, Riley Nash, Anton Blidh, Luka Burzan, Karl Henriksson, Sahil Panwar, Adam Sýkora, Peter Laviolette, Ryder Korczak, Bobby Trivigno, Maxim Barbashev, James Hardie, Alex Belzile, Drew Worrad, Cristiano DiGiacinto, and Michal Mrazik
Defensemen (10): Matthew Cairns, Connor Mackey, Zach Berzolla, Blake Hillman, Seth Barton, Nikolas Brouillard, Steven MacLean*, Ryan McCleary, Billy Constantinou, and Chris Cameron
Goaltenders (3): Brad Arvanitis, Talyn Boyko, and Olof Lindbom
Hartford Wolf Pack camp roster at a glance
At first glance, one unexpected name stands out and that is Peter Laviolette. Yes, he is the son of current New York Rangers head coach Peter Laviolette.
Laviolette, 25, spent last season in the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers scoring 5 goals and 11 points in 38 games in his first pro season. Prior to that, he played for Plymouth State University registering 34 goals and 60 points in 97 games over four years.
Other notables are key free agent signings by the Rangers this past July with Alex Belzile, Riley Nash, Nikolas Brouillard, and Connor Mackey joining a Wolf Pack team that ended a long playoff drought last season.
From a prospects perspective, Adam Sykora and Bobby Trivigno are the stand out names on the lost. However, they will certainly be joined by goalie Dylan Garand, along with possibly Brennan Othmann and/or Will Cuylle in the near future.
The New York Rangers are expected to announce another roster trimming soon.