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CANTLON: HARTFORD WOLF PACK WEEKEND PREVIEW 

CANTLON: HARTFORD WOLF PACK WEEKEND PREVIEW

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT The Hartford Wolf Pack will get a solid test of the resurgence in their play tonight as they play host to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins now sit in second place in the Atlantic Division and fourth overall in the conference with a record of 15-7-1-0. The Baby Penguins also have a two-game winning streak.

“They are a very good team,” Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said. “They have a lot of balance. They sit where they are in the standings for a reason. For us, it’s about playing the right way as we have of late, and play with consistency and make sure we’re also collecting points along the way with getting eight-out-of-a possible-ten points in our last five games. That helps us along with learning and growing (as a team) and helps impact our play.”

McCambridge gave his players a maintenance day off on Thursday.

The Wolf Pack record stands at 10-12-3-2 (25 points) putting them in seventh place, just two points behind the Hershey Bears and one point behind the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Continue reading

GUESS HENRIK’S FEELING BETTER… GEORGIEV SENT BACK TO PACK

NYR ASSIGN ALEXANDAR GEORGIEV TO PACK

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, December 6, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has assigned goaltender Alexandar Georgiev to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Georgiev was recalled by the Rangers on Dec. 5 and he dressed for the team’s game on Dec. 5 at Pittsburgh. He has appeared in 17 games with the Wolf Pack this season, posting a 4-7-4 record, along with a 3.29 GAA and a .897 SV%. Georgiev has made at least 30 saves in seven of his 17 AHL appearances in 2017-18, including four of his last six AHL appearances.

RANGERS SIGN FREE AGENT GOALTENDER MAREK MAZANEC

NYR SIGN FREE AGENT GOALIE MAREK MAZANEC

26-year-old assigned to Hartford (AHL)

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, December 6, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has signed free agent goaltender Marek Mazanec and has assigned Mazanec to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Mazanec, 26, has appeared in 31 career NHL games over parts of three seasons (2013-14 – 2014-15; 2016-17), all with Nashville, posting an 8-13-4 record, along with a 2.98 GAA, a .895 SV%, and two shutouts. He made 25 of his 31 appearances with the Predators during his rookie season in 2013-14. Mazanec was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for November of 2013, as he posted a 5-4-1 record, along with a 2.00 GAA, a .932 SV%, and two shutouts in 10 appearances during the month. He stopped 22 of 24 shots he faced while making his NHL debut on Nov. 8, 2013, at Winnipeg, and he stopped 39 of 41 shots he faced to earn his first career NHL win on Nov. 16, 2013, vs. Chicago.

The 6-4, 187-pounder appeared in 23 games with HC Slovan Bratislava of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) this season, posting a 3.40 GAA and a .899 SV%. Mazanec made at least 30 saves in 13 of his 23 KHL appearances. He made his KHL debut on Aug. 23, 2017, against SKA, and he stopped 29 of 31 shots he faced to earn his first career KHL win on Aug. 30, 2017, against Dinamo Minsk.

In addition to his NHL experience, Mazanec has appeared in 165 games in the American Hockey League (AHL) over parts of four seasons (2013-14 – 2016-17), posting an 82-60-17 record, along with a 2.59 GAA, a .909 SV%, and 11 shutouts. He appeared in a playoff game in three of his four AHL seasons, and he also posted a .912 SV% or better in three of the four seasons.

The Pisek, Czech Republic, native was originally selected by Nashville in the sixth round, 179th overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: DEC. 4

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: DEC. 4

  1. Sean Day tallied four assists/points and posted a plus-two rating in three games during the week. He established a single-game OHL career-high with three assists and tied a single-game OHL career-high with three points on Nov. 30 vs. North Bay. The Rangers’ third-round pick (81st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has recorded a point in seven of the last nine games (one goal, eight assists), in 11 of the last 14 games (three goals, 12 assists), and in 15 of the last 19 games (four goals, 15 assists). He ranks second on Windsor in assists (16) and is tied for fourth on the team in points (20) this season. In addition, he leads team defensemen in goals (four), assists, and points in 2017-18. Day also ranks 10th among OHL defensemen (min. 20 games played) in points per game this season (0.87), and he is tied for 11th among OHL defensemen in assists in 2017-18.
  2. Lias Andersson tallied two points (one goal, one assist) and recorded three shots on goal on Nov. 28 against Rogle. Andersson has recorded five points (two goals, three assists) over the last three games. The Rangers’ first-round pick (seventh overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has registered a goal/point in five of the last eight games, tallying nine points (five goals, four assists) over the span. Andersson has also tallied 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his last 12 SHL games with Frolunda, as well as 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 20 SHL contests with Frolunda this season. Among SHL players younger than 20 years old, Andersson ranks second in goals (seven) and points (13) in 2017-18. Andersson also ranks third on Frolunda in goals and ranks fifth on the team in points this season.
  3. Ty Ronning tallied two goals/points and registered 20 shots on goal in three games during the week. Ronning registered a goal, led all skaters with eight shots on goal, and was selected as the game’s First Star on Dec. 1 at Prince George. The Rangers’ seventh-round pick (201st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has recorded a goal in 15 of the last 19 contests (20 goals, nine assists over the span). Ronning has registered 26 goals in 29 games with Vancouver in 2017-18, and he has recorded at least one goal in 19 of the 29 contests. He leads the Giants in goals (26), points (38), plus/minus rating (plus-11), and shots on goal (158) thus far this season. In addition, Ronning leads the WHL in shots on goal and is tied for second in the league in goals in 2017-18.

  • Ryan Gropp registered three goals/points in three games during the week, and he posted his first career multi-goal/point game in the AHL by recording two goals on Dec. 2 at Toronto. The Rangers’ second-round pick (41st overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has tallied four goals/points in the last four games and five points (four goals, one assist) in the last six contests. 
  • Vince Pedrie registered two points (one goal, one assist) and a plus-two rating on Dec. 1 at Rochester. Pedrie has tallied an assist/point in four of the last six games (one goal, four assists over the span). He has recorded seven points (two goals, five assists) in 14 AHL games this season, and he leads Wolf Pack defensemen in points per game in 2017-18 (0.50). 
  • Vinni Lettieri tallied a point in two of three games during the week (one goal, one assist). Lettieri has registered a point in 13 of his last 20 games, tallying 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) over the span. He leads the Wolf Pack in goals (nine) and power play goals (five), and ranks second in points (16) in 2017-18. In addition, Lettieri ranks sixth among AHL rookies in goals and is tied for ninth among AHL rookies in points this season. 
  • Peter Holland made his debut with the Wolf Pack on Dec. 1 at Rochester, and he recorded his first assist/point with Hartford on Dec. 2 at Toronto. Holland, who was acquired by the Rangers from Montreal on Nov. 30, has registered 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 22 AHL games in 2017-18. 
  • Brandon Crawley recorded two assists/points, including his first career AHL assist, on Dec. 1 at Rochester. 
  • Gabriel Fontaine registered his second career AHL goal/point on Nov. 29 vs. Springfield. The Rangers’ sixth-round pick (171st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has also posted a plus-three rating over the last three games. 
  • Alexandar Georgiev started all three games for the Wolf Pack during the week, and he made at least 30 saves in two of the three contests. He has made 30 or more saves in four of his last five starts.
  • Dawson Leedahl was reassigned to Hartford from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Nov. 30, and he posted a plus-two rating while making his AHL debut with the Wolf Pack on Dec. 1 at Rochester. Leedahl registered 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 18 ECHL games with Greenville this season prior to being reassigned to the Wolf Pack.

  • Alexei Bereglazov tallied his first assist/point of the season in the KHL and posted a plus-three rating in 25:51 of ice time to help Metallurg earn a 4-3 win on Dec. 3 against Barys. He has averaged 22:16 of ice time per game in 10 games with Metallurg in 2017-18. 
  • Tim Gettinger tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in three games during the week, and he registered the game-winning goal on Dec. 3 at Ottawa. The Rangers’ fifth-round pick (141st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has recorded a point in seven of the last eight games (six goals, four assists over the span), and he has tallied a goal in six of the eight contests. Gettinger has recorded 29 points (15 goals, 14 assists) and a plus-13 rating in 28 games with Sault Ste. Marie this season. He ranks fifth in the OHL in shots on goal this season (116). In addition, Gettinger leads Sault Ste. Marie in shots on goal ranks third in goals, ranks fourth in points, is tied for fourth in plus/minus rating, and is tied for fifth in assists in 2017-18. 
  • Brandon Halverson stopped 36 of 38 shots he faced in his only appearance of the week with Greenville on Dec. 1 against Orlando. The Rangers’ second-round pick (59th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has made 30 or more saves in nine of his 12 ECHL appearances this season.
  • Adam Huska stopped 26 of 27 shots he faced to earn his third consecutive win on Nov. 28 against Northeastern. In addition, Huska allowed one goal in a game for the fourth consecutive contest. The Rangers’ seventh-round pick (184th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has only allowed one goal in five of his last seven appearances, posting a 3-3-1 record, along with a 2.00 GAA and a .924 SV% over the span.
  • Dominik Lakatos registered a goal while skating in his second game this season with HC Benatky nad Jizerou in the Czech Republic. The Rangers’ sixth-round pick (157th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in two games with HC Benatky in 2017-18.
  • Tyler Nanne registered a power play goal and posted a plus-one rating on Dec. 1 against Wisconsin. The Rangers’ fifth-round pick (142nd overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the last three games, as well as four points (one goal, three assists) in the last six games. Nanne has registered six points (two goals, four assists) and has posted a plus-two rating with the University of Minnesota this season. He is tied for first among team defensemen in goals and ranks third among team defensemen in points in 2017-18.
  • Tarmo Reunanen tallied an assist while making his season debut with SaPKo on Dec. 2. SaPKo is a team in the Mestis league in Finland. The Rangers’ fourth-round pick (98th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft registered nine assists in 42 games with TUTO in Mestis during the 2016-17 season.
  • Igor Shesterkin stopped 28 of 30 shots he faced and earned a win on Nov. 29 against Avangard. The Rangers’ fourth-round pick (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 19-0-1 record, along with a 1.57 GAA, a .941 SV%, and 4 SO in 20 KHL appearances this season. Over the last two seasons with SKA, Shesterkin has posted a 50-4-2 record, along with a 1.62 GAA, a .938 SV%, and 12 SO in 59 appearances. He ranks second in the KHL in SV%, ranks fourth in GAA, and is tied for sixth in shutouts this season.
  • Patrik Virta tallied two assists, recorded four shots on goal, posted a plus-two rating, and won 13 of 20 faceoffs (65.0%) on Nov. 29 against KooKoo. The Rangers’ seventh-round pick (207th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has recorded 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 27 games with TPS in Liiga this season. Virta has tied a Liiga career-high in assists in 2017-18. He ranks third on TPS in assists and is tied for third on the team in points this season.
  • Sergey Zborovskiy recorded an assist/point in all three games during the week (three assists over the span). The Rangers’ third-round pick (79th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has registered a point in four of the last five games (one goal, three assists), and he has recorded 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 21 games with Greenville this season. Zborovskiy is tied for first among ECHL rookie defensemen in points in 2017-18.

“His seemingly near-effortless skating ability has improved. He is stronger, faster, and more powerful than he was last season. He is also processing the play better in both directions.”Rangers Amateur Scout Peter Stephan on Sean Day

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: NOV. 20

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: NOV. 20

 BY: The New York Rangers

  1. Lias Andersson registered a goal/point in each of Frolunda’s three games during the week, recording four points (three goals, one assist) and a plus-two rating in the three contests. The Rangers’ first-round pick (seventh overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has also tallied six points (three goals, three assists) in his last seven SHL games with Frolunda, as well as eight points (five goals, three assists) in 15 SHL contests with Frolunda this season. Among SHL players younger than 20 years old, Andersson ranks second in points per game (0.53), ranks third in goals (five), and is tied for third in points (eight) in 2017-18. Andersson is also tied for third on Frolunda in goals this season.
  2. Ty Ronning tallied a goal/point in each of Vancouver’s three games during the week, registering four goals/points and 12 shots on goal in the three contests. The Rangers’ seventh-round pick (201st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft extended his goal/point streak to 10 games (13 goals, five assists over the span), and he has recorded a goal/point in 12 of the last 13 contests. Ronning has registered 23 goals in 23 games with Vancouver in 2017-18, and he has recorded at least one goal in 16 of the 23 contests. Ronning leads the Giants in goals (23), points (34), plus/minus rating (plus-13), and shots on goal (129) thus far this season. In addition, he leads the WHL in shots on goal, ranks second in the league in goals, and ranks eighth in the league in points in 2017-18.
  3. Filip Chytil registered two goals, including the game-winning goal, tied for the team-high with four shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating on Nov. 18 at Utica. The Rangers’ first-round pick (21st overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has tallied 11 points (five goals, six assists) in nine games with Hartford this season. Chytil ranks second among AHL rookies in points per game (1.22) and is tied for ninth among AHL rookies in points thus far this season. Chytil is also tied for second on the Wolf Pack in goals in 2017-18.

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CANTLON: WOLF PACK’S JENSEN HEADS TO KHL

Wolf Pack’s Jensen Heads to KHL

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT The exodus has begun.

The Hartford Wolf Pack’s leading scorer, Nicklas Jensen, who registered 55 points and was the second highest goal-scorer in the AHL with 32 goals. Jensen was the Pack’s only representative to the AHL All-Star game and was the team’s MVP as voted on by the players. Jensen has made the decision to leave for greener pastures in the KHL according to a press release from Jokerit Helsinki.

Jensen, who wore number 13 in Hartford, and another ex-Pack (when they were the CT Whale) and New York Rangers draft pick, Tim Erixon, who’s still playing with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL playoffs, have both signed with Salavat Yulaev Ufa in southwest Russia, near Kazakhstan. But that’s not all…Then both players were traded to the Finnish based KHL team Jokerit Helsinki for a fellow Dane Philip Larsen who played with Vancouver this year and his KHL rights which were held by Jokerit and financial compensation.

But that’s not all…

****UPDATE****

(Since Howlings first published this story, we have received clarification from Jokerit Helsinki. – “All we can say is that Jokerit has acquired Jensen’s rights and that no deal has been signed,” Ilro Keurulainen, the Media Communications Coordinator for the team told Howlings).

Right after being signed, both players were then traded to the Finnish-based KHL team, Jokerit Helsinki for Philip Larsen, a fellow Dane. Larsen played with the Vancouver Canucks this past season and his KHL rights were still held by Jokerit.

Jensen is a five-year AHL vet. Like many Europeans who come to the States, he waited to see where he was after five years. The decision becomes whether to pursue staying in North America or head back to Europe where there is usually better money, a different schedule and to be closer to home. Jensen was Vancouver’s first round pick in 2011 and was acquired by the Rangers along with a sixth-round draft pick and Emerson Etem on January 8th last year.

Helsinki is the capital of Finland. The team plays at the Hartwell Arena which seats over 13,000.

Jensen and Larsen will likely be teammates in for Denmark in Pool A of the 2017 IIHF World Championships to be held this year in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany in a couple of weeks.

These two signings boost the count to five AHL’ers who have signed to play in Europe next season. To date, that list includes, Reto Berra (Springfield to HC Fribourg-Gotteron Switzerland-LNA), Joel Vermin (Syracuse to HC Lausanne Switzerland-LNA) and Chad Billins (Utica to Linkopings HC Sweden-SHL).

CANLTON (FRI) PACK START WEEKEND WITH BIG WIN

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack go timely scoring, good goaltending, and a total team effort and then held on for a 4-3 win over the visiting Utica Comets before 4,921 at the XL Center on Friday night.

Until recently, the Wolf Pack have had problems playing with the lead in the third period. In this one, they were able to expand their lead to two goals and it turned out to be the difference.

“It was important coming off the break,” Marek Hrivik, with three assists on the night, said. “We were fresh and we had to start off on the right foot and we got the two points.”

The Pack’s team speed was a big factor in the game-winning goal. Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK COME UP SHORT TO THUNDERBIRDS WEDNESDAY NIGHT

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Harford Wolf Pack’s hard luck at home continues after dropping a 4-2 decision to the Springfield Thunderbirds before an announced crowd of just 1,677 at the XL Center Wednesday night.

The Wolf Pack’s next home game is Saturday night against the Toronto Marlies.

There was plenty of solid individual efforts for Hartford, but critical breakdowns combined with timely goaltending from Springfield’s goaltending veteran, Mike McKenna (32 saves). McKenna who’s had his share of good games in the XL Center handed the Pack their seventh home loss of the young season. Continue reading

RANGERS: 2016 RANGERS PROSPECT DEVELOPMENT CAMP ROSTER

rp_new-york-r_thumb.gif2016 RANGERS PROSPECT DEVELOPMENT CAMP

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, June 26, 2016 – The New York Rangers will hold their annual prospect development camp from Monday, June 27 to Friday, July 1 at MSG Training Center. The camp will feature several of the Blueshirts’ top prospects, including Pavel Buchnevich, Ryan Gropp, Robin Kovacs, and Ryan Graves.

Thirty-one players are attending the Rangers’ prospect development camp this year, including five of the Blueshirts’ selections in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft: Sean Day, Gabriel Fontaine, Tim Gettinger, Ty Ronning, and Tyler Wall.

          Buchnevich, 21, split this past season between Severstal Cherepovets and SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), registering 16 goals and 21 assists for 37 points, along with 24 penalty minutes in 58 games. He established KHL career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals (three), power play goals (four), and average ice time (16:10). Among KHL players younger than 24 years old, Buchnevich ranked third in assists, ranked fourth in points, and tied for seventh in goals. He agreed to terms on an entry-level contract with the Rangers on May 13, 2016.

          The 6-2, 176-pounder registered 13 goals and 17 assists for 30 points, along with a plus-eight rating and 16 penalty minutes in 48 games with Severstal during the 2014-15 season. Buchnevich’s 30 points were the third-most a KHL player younger than 20 years old has recorded in one season in the league’s history. He also represented Russia at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2014 and 2015. In those tournaments, he recorded 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 14 contests and helped Russia earn a medal each year (silver medal in 2015 and bronze medal in 2014).

          Buchnevich was selected by the Rangers in the third round, 75th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

          Gropp, 19, skated in 66 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this past season, registering 34 goals and 36 assists for 70 points, along with a plus-10 rating and 40 penalty minutes. He established WHL career-highs in goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, and power play goals (12), and tied his WHL career-high in game-winning goals (six) in 2015-16. Gropp tallied at least 30 goals for the second consecutive season, and he tied for 11th in the WHL in power play goals this past season. He agreed to terms on an entry-level contract with the Rangers on Dec. 31, 2015.

The 6-2, 187-pounder led the Thunderbirds in goals, tied for the team lead in power play goals, ranked second in points and game-winning goals, ranked third in assists, tied for third in power play assists (17), and tied for fourth in plus/minus rating in 2015-16. Gropp tallied a point in 44 of 66 games in which he played during the season, including 25 of his final 31 regular season games (16 goals, 22 assists in his final 31 regular season contests). He established WHL playoff career-highs in games played (11), goals (six), points (nine), and game-winning goals (two) while helping Seattle advance to the WHL Championship.

The Kamloops, British Columbia, native was selected by the Rangers in the second round, 41st overall, of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Kovacs, 19, skated in 44 games with AIK IF of Allsvenskan in Sweden this past season, registering 21 goals and 13 assists for 34 points, along with a plus-two rating and 54 penalty minutes. The 6-0, 176-pounder was named the winner of Guldgallret, which is an award given annually to the top junior player (20 years old or younger) in Allsvenskan, for the second consecutive season. Kovacs also led all players younger than 20 years old in Allsvenskan in goals and points for the second consecutive season. In addition, he led Allsvenskan in shootout goals (eight) and game-deciding goals (four), tied for second in game-winning goals, ranked third in goals per game (0.48), and ranked fifth in goals and shooting percentage (17.1) in 2015-16. Kovacs helped AIK win the league championship in Allsvenskan. Kovacs also played with Rögle BK in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), registering one assist in four contests.

The Stockholm, Sweden, native was selected by the Rangers in the third round, 62nd overall, of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Graves, 21, skated in 74 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season, registering nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points, along with a plus-six rating and 53 penalty minutes. The 6-5, 226-pounder led Hartford defensemen in goals and ranked second among team defensemen in plus/minus rating. Graves represented the Wolf Pack in the 2016 AHL All-Star Challenge, and he won the AHL Skills Competition’s Hardest Shot contest with a 103.4 MPH shot.

The Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, native was selected by the Rangers in the fourth round, 110th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Complete Roster of participants – Click to Enlarge

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FUEHRING: ROADIES ADD DEFENSIVE DEPTH

greenville-road-warriors_thumb16Defense Strengthens with Addition of Humphries

Road Warriors also release Skelly and Secco on Monday

 BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Rd Warriors

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced defenseman Spencer Humphries has been added to the team’s Training Camp Roster. In addition, forward Shawn Skelly and defenseman Andrew Secco have been released.

Humphries, 22, began the 2014-15 preseason in Training Camp with the Vancouver Canucks and the AHL’s Utica Comets. Last season, the second-year pro played 17 games in Prague with Lev Praha of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). A native of Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Humphries spent five seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 2008-2013. Over 194 games, he earned 93 points (17g, 76a) with the Tri-City Americans and Calgary Hitmen. Humphries was drafted in the fifth round (#164 overall) by Traktor Chelyabinski in the 2012 KHL Draft.  Continue reading