Tomorrow, a new season begins.
Earlier today, New Jersey released their full training camp roster:
Goaltenders: Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood, Mackenzie Blackwood, Ken Appleby, Evan Cormier, Anders Lindback (PTO).
Defensemen: John Moore, Andy Greene, Jon Merrill, Ben Lovejoy, Damon Severson, Brandon Gormley, Yohann Auvitu, Steve Santini, Seth Helgeson, Reece Scarlett, Andrew MacWilliam, Karl Stollery, Vojtech Mozik, Josh Jacobs, Colton White, Colby Sissons (tryout).
Forwards: Beau Bennett, Taylor Hall, Mike Cammalleri, Adam Henrique, Reid Boucher, Jacob Josefson, Travis Zajac, Luke Gazdic, Kyle Palmieri, Brian Gibbons (PTO), Devante Smith-Pelly, Nick Lappin, Pavel Zacha, Vernon Fiddler, Blake Coleman, Michael McLeod, Ben Thomson, Miles Wood, John Quenneville, Ben Sexton, Carter Camper, Rod Pelley, Sergey Kalinin, Brandon Baddock, Ryan Kujawinski, Blake Pietila, Jan Mandat, Kevin Rooney, Max Novak, Brandon Gignac, Nathan Bastian, Joe Blandisi, Blake Speers.
Notice one big name missing from this list? For the first time in quite a long time, no Patrik Elias. Kind of sad for me, considering I still remember him as a River Rat nearly 20 years ago (yeah, I’m old).
A few names to keep an eye on for possible Albany roster spots:
-Gibbons, another former Penguin, spent all of last season in Hartford, picking up 23 points (6 goals, 17 assists) in 63 games. He has 66 games worth of NHL experience with Pittsburgh in 2013-14 and Columbus in 2014-15, scoring 5 goals.
–Sexton was signed to an AHL contract earlier this afternoon. He spent last season with Providence, appearing in 29 games and picking up 5 points (4 goals, 1 assist). Prior to joining the Bruins, he spent four years at Clarkson.
-Sissons was the only tryout from the Prospects Challenge to earn an invite to camp. But with his age (18), don’t expect to see him anytime soon.
-But two signings today may affect the Albany roster late this season or the beginning of next season: Blake Speers and Colton White both signed entry level contracts. They will return to Sault Ste. Marie in the OHL if they don’t crack New Jersey’s roster.
Everyone will report tomorrow for photos, physicals, first media meetings, etc. Friday will see the first day on ice, in preparation for Monday’s preseason debuts at home and in Montreal.