Monday, September 30, 2013

Training Camp Roster, Charity In CHL, Boomer Arrives, NHL Prospect

We are now one week away from the official start of training camp on October 7th. Players that don't live locally have started arriving. The number of players at the informal skate that takes place each day has increased. Having ice time available will allow players to get some on ice conditioning time prior to the start of camp. They will have their physicals, move into apartments and have some social activities to get acquainted and/or reacquainted with teammates.

The training camp roster is being compiled and should be available later in the week. The official roster from the Americans web site is below. There will be more guys at camp than are on this roster. There should be some names announced this week but there will be players at camp for which there is no formal announcement. There are also players on the list below that will not be at camp. The only way to figure it all out is be at camp next week which is open to the public. It starts at 10:00 am at the Allen Event Center. For those that don't live in North Texas or can't make it to the AEC there will be a full report on the blog Tuesday morning.


No. Name Pos. HT WT Shoots DOB Hometown Club 2012 2013
# 11 Phil Fox RW 5"11 205 R 9/17/85 Stillwater, MN Fort Worth Brahmas (CHL)
# 13 Alex Bourret RW 5'11 205 R 10/5/86 Drummondville, PQ Cornwall River Kings (LNAH)
# 17Ryley Grantham LW 6'4' 207 L 1/7/88 Hanna, ALTA Allen Americans (CHL)
# 18 Kale Kerbashian LW 5"11' 200 L 4/7/90 Thunder Bay, ONT Allen Americans (CHL)
# 19 Alex Lavoie C 5"10' 170 R 11/17/92 Anjou, PQ Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
# 25 Jim McKenzie RW 6"3 210 R 6/10/84 St. Paul, MN Allen Americans (CHL)
#27 Darryl Bootland  RW 6'2 200 R 11/2/81 Bradford, ONT  Allen Americans (CHL)
# 32 Jarret Lukin C 5"11 185 L 1/24/84 Fort McMurray, ALTA Allen Americans (CHL)
# 43 John Snowden RW 6"1 210 R 1/12/82 Everett, WA Fort Worth Brahmas (CHL)
# 91 Johnathan Lessard LW 6"0' 190 L 2/22/91 St-Eustache, PQ Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
# 3 Tyler Ludwig  D 6'1  205 R 5/24/85  Rhinelander, WI  Allen Americans (CHL)
# 6 Mike Berube D 6"1 215 L 5/20/88 Edmonton, ALTA Allen Americans (CHL)
 # 7 Daniel Tetrault D 6"0 205 R 9/4/79 Labroquerie, MAN Peoria Rivermen (AHL)
# 24 Trevor Ludwig  D 6'1 210  L 5/24/85  Rhinelander, WI Allen Americans (CHL)
# 42 Ross Rouleau D 6"0 180 R 6/29/88 Hancock, MI Fort Worth Brahmas (CHL)
# 71 Trevor Hendrikx D 6'3 220 R 3/29/85 Russell, ONT Allen Americans (CHL)

- There has been much discussion about roster spots still available around the CHL and as the AHL and ECHL make training camp cuts good players will be available to fill these remaining spots. Another source of recruiting that you may see around the league is from players that are playing overseas. It is well known that playing overseas can be a difficult adjustment because of culture and language barriers, different ice surfaces and different style of play. Those players that have headed overseas for the first time have now played enough games and lived in this new environment to know if they want to continue. Some of these players will decide this isn't for them and head back to North America. It some cases the CHL or ECHL teams that they left just a few months ago will be more than willing to take them back.

- Most Allen fans remember very well the Missouri Mavericks top line last year, especially during the playoffs, even if they don't remember the names. Two rookies (Kenton Miller & Kellan Tochkin) playing with CHL veteran and perennial all star Sebastien Thinel did lots of damage as they combined for 91 goals and 138 assists during the season with Miller only playing in 53 regular season games and Tochkin 54. While Thinel will be back with the Mavericks the two rookies have moved on with Miller having signed with the ECHL Utah Grizzlies and Tochkin will be with the Charlotte Checkers (AHL). What many CHL fans may not be aware of is that Kellan Tochkin was actually under a three year NHL entry level contract with the Vancouver Canucks. Tochkin was traded on Saturday by the Canucks to the Carolina Hurricanes. Here is part of an article written by Daniel Wagner who writes for the Vancouver Sun Sports Blog which talks about the Tochkin trade.

The Canucks sent 22-year-old Kellan Tochkin to the Carolina Hurricanes along with a 2014 fourth round pick for the 23-year-old Zac Dalpe and 25-year-old Jeremy Welsh and, in the process, increased their good ‘ol Ontario boys quotient. A surface-level reading of the trade marks this a win for the Canucks, who bring in two players with a combined 47 NHL games for two assets that are unlikely to ever play a single NHL game.

Back in 2009, the Canucks took a chance on the undrafted Kellan Tochkin, signing the 18-year-old to a three-year, entry-level contract. He finished fifth in scoring among 18-year-olds in the WHL in his draft year, right behind Evander Kane, Jordan Eberle, and Brayden Schenn. Tochkin was passed over in the draft because of his size; at 5’9″, he had low odds of making the NHL.
Tochkin grew up in Abbotsford, so when teams came calling with invites to their training camps, it was an easy decision to attend the Canucks camp and it paid off with a contract. Unfortunately, nothing else went as planned. His rookie year was the only season that Tochkin would top a point-per-game in the WHL, falling just short in each subsequent season.
Instead of playing with the Canucks’ AHL or ECHL affiliates upon graduating from junior hockey last year, the Canucks loaned Tochkin to the CHL’s Missouri Mavericks, which wasn’t a particularly good sign for his future with the Canucks organization. Further writing was added to what was already on the wall when he did not attend Canucks training camp this year, skating instead with his old junior team, the Everett Silvertips.
At this point, it looks like Tochkin’s ceiling is the AHL and, as he entered into the final year of his NHL contract, this was the last chance to get any value out of his signing.
As for the fourth round pick, Jason Gregor actually found that you have a higher chance of selecting a decent NHL player in the seventh round. Not that that’s saying much: about 3-7 players from the fourth round each year play more than 100 NHL games in their career. You essentially have an 8.6%
chance of getting a decent NHL player in the fourth round, meaning it has limited value.

- The Brampton Beast rolled out their mascot, "Boomer" over the weekend. Here is Boomer with Brampton Mayor, Susan Fennell.
Welcome To The CHL Beast Mascot - BOOMER

 - A good way to end today is by congratulating all of the CHL family for the many things they do for charity. There is a calendar that Erik Adams keeps in his office that is full of charitable events that the team sponsors through ticket donations, those that are recognized at Allen Americans games as well as those the team and front office participate in like The Walk To End Alzheimer's which took place this weekend where the front office, players, sponsors, dance team and fans raised money for a great cause. It is impressive how much time and money is dedicated to giving back to the community. If you follow all of the teams in the CHL on social media, message boards or through their web sites you know that they are all active in giving back to the community the way the Allen Americans do in North Texas. CONGRATS TO ALL!
Team Allen Americans at The Walk To End Alzheimer's

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