Only a few short days away from the start of training camp! But before that, a few news items to get caught up on:
-A third development coach has been hired, as New Jersey has brought in Patrick Rissmiller. He just completed a 13 year playing career, spending the last two seasons in Italy after bouncing around the AHL between Rochester, Worcester, Lake Erie, Chicago and Grand Rapids. He last saw NHL time in the 2010-11 season with Florida. Much like Scott Clemmensen, he will be working with prospects at all levels in the organization.
-On Thursday, New Jersey released the rookie camp roster that will play in Buffalo this weekend:
Goaltenders: Ken Appleby, Mackenzie Blackwood.
Defensemen: Raman Hrabarenka, Reece Scarlett, Vojtech Mozik, Ryan Rehill, Josh Jacobs, Colton White, Jacob Sweeney.
Forwards: Reid Boucher, Pavel Zacha, Ben Thomson, John Quenneville, Joseph Blandisi, Graham Black, Blake Coleman, Brandon Baddock, Ryan Kujawinski, Blake Pietila, Matt Lorito, Connor Chatham, Max Novak, Blake Speers, Alexandre Goulet.
The group will report to Newark on Thursday before leaving for Buffalo later in the day.
-From the “I called it” department: Albany has worked out an informal agreement with the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder to send one goaltender and extra players to Glens Falls during the season, after using Orlando the last two years. Funny how after being a league rival since the Phantoms came to the Civic Center in 2009, the two cities are working together again. But it’s not the first time this has happened…you may or may not remember that the River Rats worked with the UHL’s Adirondack Icehawks/Frostbite for several seasons in the early-mid 2000s. Pierre-Luc Leblond actually got his professional start as a regular member of the Frostbite during the 2005-06 season, the last season of New Jersey’s original run in Albany. Speaking of PL3…
-Earlier this afternoon, Leblond made his third return to the organization, signing a 1 year 2 way deal. He spent the last two seasons with Devils coach John Hynes in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, with one appearance in Pittsburgh. In 121 games with the Penguins, he scored 4 goals and amassed 500 penalty minutes. During his last stint in the Devils organization in the 2010-11 season, he played 2 games in New Jersey before spending the rest of the season in Albany, where he scored 8 goals and racked up 334 penalty minutes in 64 games. He was traded to Calgary during the offseason and bounced between the Flames and Abbotsford in 2011-12, with a stop in Norfolk in 2012-13 before suiting up for the Penguins.