Wolf Pack Finalize Roster
Today is the deadline for American Hockey League clubs to submit their finalized roster. Hartford’s preseason action came to a close on Saturday. As we look forward to the upcoming season, there were a few interesting roster moves. I am pleased to give you folks updates throughout the season with the latest happenings. Here is what on tap for this week. The time is here, the season begins this week!
Hartford played two games last week. The first game was on Thursday playing players that were tried out. Hartford fell 2-0 against Bridgeport.
Saturday night was closer to the finalized roster. However, Bridgeport was stronger and gave the Pack trouble as Hartford was defeated 7-1. Majority of the cuts were announced prior to game time on Saturday. The final cuts occurred on Monday. After the two games, I would not sound the alarm yet. It was only preseason. They should be better in the regular season.
The Pack took the afternoon off from the ice for some team building at @StorrsAdvPark. pic.twitter.com/npzPaasx6d
— Hartford Wolf Pack (@WolfPackAHL) October 4, 2017
Here are the first round of cuts from Saturday:
To Greenville (ECHL)
Goalies (1): Eric Levine
Defensemen (2): Sean Flanagan, Brenden Kotyk
Forwards (5): Joe Basaraba, Cale Herbert, Jack Nevins, Carter Sandlak, Brenden Troock
Forwards (1): Henrik Samuelsson
Here are the final cuts from Monday:
To Greenville (ECHL)
Goalies (1): Brandon Halverson
Forwards (2): Adam Chapie, Dawson Leedahl
Sean Day was sent back to his junior team, Windsor. He had a good training camp, but the Rangers felt that he could use another year the juniors. Hartford also has plenty of prospects in the system.
Entry Level Contract
Defenseman Brandon Crawley had an impressive training camp which led him to earn an entry level contract with the Rangers.
Your 2017-18 Wolf Pack
Goalies (2): Alexandar Georgiev, Chris Nell
Defensemen (7): Alexei Bereglazov, Brandon Crawley, John Gilmour, Ryan Graves, Garrett Noonan, Vince Pedrie, Neal Pionk
Forwards (13): Dan Catenacci, Dan DeSalvo, Gabriel Fontaine, Ryan Gropp, Scott Kosmachuk, Vinni Lettieri, Boo Nieves, Matt Puempel, Cole Schneider, Eric Selleck, Malte Stromwall, Adam Tambellini, Joe Whitney
A Look Ahead
The season begins Friday for Hartford. They will play two home games this week. Opening night features a return of the Charlotte Checkers, a team that Hartford had not faced since the 2010-11 season. Charlotte returns to the Eastern Conference since that season as well.
On Sunday the Lehigh Valley Phantoms comes into Hartford for the first of six meetings. Last season Hartford struggled with the powerhouse of Lehigh Valley. The matchup will be a good early test for Hartford.