AHL camps are opening for business!
I always looked forward to when New Jersey–and Carolina too–would make their first round of cuts. That meant it was almost time for my hockey season to truly begin.
Sigh…but not this time around.
Anyway…the show goes on for the rest of the league.
Tampa Bay, Buffalo, and Vancouver have all made their first round of cuts to their respective affiliates:
To Syracuse: Connor Ingram, Michael Leighton, Mat Bodie, Matt Spencer, Alex Gallant, Carter Verhaeghe, Kevin Lynch, Reid McNeill, Shane Conacher. Jamie McBain is currently on waivers and will join this group once he clears tomorrow at noon.
To Rochester: Eric Cornel, Vaclav Karabacek, Steve Moses, Kevin Porter, Brycen Martin, Casey Nelson, Devante Stephens, Jason Kasdorf, Jonas Johansson, Adam Wilcox, Kyle Criscuolo, Hudson Fasching, C.J. Smith, Brendan Guhle.
To Utica: Michael Carcone, Yan-Pavel Laplante, Evan McEneny, Zack MacEwen, Griffen Molino, Ashton Sautner, Jordan Subban, Alexis D’Aoust, Aaron Irving, Brett McKenzie, Carter Bancks, Wacey Hamilton, Jaime Sifers, Danny Moynihan, Anton Cederholm, Mackenze Stewart.
New Jersey has yet to make any assignments to Binghamton. The Devils will have two split squad games on Monday, in Brooklyn against the Islanders and in PEI for the Kraft Hockeyville matchup with Ottawa.
As for the camps themselves:
Syracuse kicks off their camp on Tuesday afternoon at the War Memorial. The Crunch will start their preseason slate on Saturday afternoon in Rome against Utica, then host the Comets on Sunday, October 1st.
Rochester will start their camp Monday afternoon at the Blue Cross Arena. They will take on Toronto Friday night at RIT, followed by a rematch on Saturday at HarborCenter in Buffalo.
Utica’s camp will begin this week (no dates available at press time), with the home and home series against Syracuse their only two preseason games scheduled.
No official information on when Binghamton’s camp will open is available. They too have two preseason tilts, a home and home series with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton starting Friday in Pennsylvania, then finishing Sunday afternoon in the Southern Tier.
Meanwhile, another player has joined the fold in Adirondack:
On Friday, the Thunder acquired the rights to defenseman Desmond Bergin from Quad City for the ever popular future considerations. Bergin will be starting his second professional season after spending all of last year with Greenville. In 60 games, the native of Natick, MA scored 7 goals and assisted on 19 others. He was traded by the Swamp Rabbits to Quad City for Jack Nevins on August 14th. Before turning pro, he played collegiately at Harvard and spent one season in the USHL.