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CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: December 11-17, 2017

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: Dec 11-17, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, CT The Wolf Pack (10-12-3-2, 25 pts., .463) are unbeaten in regulation in a team season-high five straight games (3-0-1-1), after posting two wins and a shootout loss in three games this past weekend.  On Friday night in Providence, the Wolf Pack got two goals from Cole Schneider and two assists from Anthony DeAngelo and took a 3-2 lead into the final minute of the third period.  The Bruins, though, tied the game with 39.9 seconds left in regulation and then won in a shootout.  The Wolf Pack went beyond regulation for a fourth straight time, tying a franchise record, Saturday at home, and this time found themselves on the right side of a shootout final, defeating Rochester by a score of 3-2.  Peter Holland led the way in that one, with his first two Wolf Pack goals and a shootout tally.  Then on Sunday against Springfield at the XL Center, Vinni Lettieri had his first multiple-goal game as a pro with two scores and added an assist, and Marek Mazanec won his Wolf Pack debut with 17 saves, in a 5-3 victory over the Thunderbirds.

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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

CANTLON’S CORNER: GILMOUR REBUILDING

CANTLON’S CORNER: Gilmour Rebuilding

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack were preparing for their first three-games-in-three-days in two weeks after a split on the road in Rochester and Utica last weekend.

For Keith McCambridge, he is happy the direction the team is taking.

“I don’t think we were up and down in the early part of hockey season; things take time to take shape. We’re excited about the energy in practice and in games. We’ve been able to pull some points out of some games, except Rochester. This all part of the development process. In Utica, we played a complete 200-foot game and were developing that identity.”

The Pack will face three Atlantic divisional opponents this weekend. They’ll take to the road to Bridgeport on Friday, Springfield on Sunday afternoon. Sandwiched in-between is a Hartford visit on Saturday to Hershey as part of hockey a holiday doubleheader with UCONN the first game at 3:00pm a non-conference meeting with RIT.  Continue reading

CRAWFORD: ADAM CHAPIE REASSIGNED TO WOLF PACK

ADAM CHAPIE REASSIGNED TO WOLF PACK

Second-year Forward has eight Goals, 17 Points in 11 ECHL Games with Greenville

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, November 10, 2017:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Chris Drury announced today that the parent New York Rangers have reassigned forward Adam Chapie to the Wolf Pack from its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

Chapie, 26, a second-year pro out of U. Mass-Lowell, has a team-leading eight goals, good for a tie for second in the ECHL, and nine assists for 17 points in 11 games with the Swamp Rabbits this season.  The 6-1, 186-pound Chapie’s point total ranks him second in the league, one behind teammate Allan McPherson.

Signed as a free agent by the Rangers April 1, 2016, Chapie logged 24 games with the Wolf Pack last season, posting four assists and six penalty minutes, and had four goals and eight assists for 12 points, along with 16 PIM, in 24 games with Greenville.  In four seasons with U. Mass-Lowell, the Oxford, MI native totaled 46 goals and 49 assists for 95 points, plus 105 PIM, in 148 career games.

The Wolf Pack’s next action is tomorrow night, Saturday, November 11, when they travel to Bridgeport to take on the Sound Tigers in a 7:00 PM game.  All of the action can be heard live on News Radio 1410 WPOP, and online at newsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio.  Video streaming is available at ahllive.com.

The next home game for the Wolf Pack is this Sunday, November 12, as the new Laval Rocket make their first-ever visit to the XL Center.  That game is a 5:00 faceoff and each of the Wolf Pack’s Sunday home games features the Wolf Pack’s “Click It or Ticket Family Value Pack”.  The Family Value Pack includes two tickets, two sodas and two hot dogs, all for just $40.

Tickets for all 2017-18 Wolf Pack home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, online at hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2017-18 AHL campaign can be found online at hartfordwolfpack.com.  To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451, or click here to request more info.

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: NOV. 6

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: NOV. 6

By: The New York Rangers

  1. Ty Ronning posted a multi-point game in each of Vancouver’s two games during the week, registering five points (three goals, two assists) and 14 shots on goal in the two contests. He recorded three points (one goal, two assists) on Nov. 3 vs. Kamloops, and he tallied two goals on Nov. 4 at Kamloops. The Rangers’ seventh-round pick (201st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft extended his goal/point streak to four games (five goals, three assists), and he has recorded a goal/point in six of the last seven contests. Ronning has registered 24 points (15 goals, nine assists) in 17 games with Vancouver in 2017-18, and he has recorded at least seven shots on goal in eight of the 17 contests. Ronning leads the Giants in goals (15), points (24), plus/minus rating (plus-11), shots on goal (98), and game-winning goals (three) thus far this season. He leads the WHL in shots on goal and is tied for third in the league in goals in 2017-18.
  2. Dominik Lakatos posted a multi-goal/point game in both of Liberec’s contests during the week, tallying four goals in the two games. The Rangers’ sixth-round pick (157th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has recorded eight points (five goals, three assists) in 19 games with Liberec in Czech Extraliga this season. In addition, he has recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in six games with Liberec in the Champions Hockey League (CHL) tournament, and Liberec will face Frolunda (and Rangers prospect Lias Andersson) in the second game of the Round of 16 stage on Nov. 7.
  3. Tarmo Reunanen played in games with TPS and TPS’ junior team during the past week. He recorded an assist and logged 16:38 of ice time in a game with TPS on Nov. 4 against Karpat. In addition, Reunanen notched two assists in a game with TPS’ junior team on Nov. 1 against Assat. The Rangers’ fourth-round pick (98th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has tallied eight points (two goals, six assists) and has posted a plus-five rating in four games with TPS’ junior team in 2017-18. The 19-year-old was named to Finland’s roster for the U20 Four Nations Tournament, which will begin this week and feature prospects from Finland, Sweden, Russia, and the Czech Republic.

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CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK LOOK TO BATTLE IN ANOTHER FULL WEEKEND

CANTLON’S CORNER: Pack Look to Battle IN Another Full Weekend

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – While the 2017-18 hockey season is still young, the Hartford Wolf Pack enter the second month of play. In the first month, the team demonstrated flashes of its potential after the overhauled hockey team went 4-5-0-1 (9 pts), good for fifth place in the Atlantic Division.

“We have started to change the culture on how we want things run day-to-day here. We have made some strides in a short month of October. We added a few pieces last weekend with (Tony) DeAngelo, then Ryan Sproul and added (Adam) Cracknell for that game against Bridgeport.

“You can’t plug it in and away you go. It doesn’t work that way. Sound Tiger pieces like (Josh) Ho-Sang and (Alan) Quine had played together and were familiar with each other. Our new pieces were not familiar with each other.

“This is a very good division top-to-bottom and it’s going to be taking care of the small things, and we had too many odd-man rushes early,” Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said of his squad’s start following last weekend a 5-1 loss.

The team fared better in Lehigh Valley where they were playing against a quick skating and offensively potent Phantoms team.

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CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: October 30-November 5, 2017

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: Oct 30-November 5, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, CT – The Wolf Pack (4-5-0-1, 9 pts., .450) battled through a second straight three-game weekend this past week, playing two of those games on the road.  The busy stretch began with a 5-1 home loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday night, and then the Wolf Pack hit the road for their first visit of the season to Allentown, PA. That was where, on Saturday night, Hartford snapped a 0-3-0-1 drought, and put an end to a six-game Lehigh Valley win streak, with a 5-4 triumph over the Phantoms.  Cole Schneider scored the game-winning goal with 1:43 left in the third period and had two assists, and Filip Chytil also had a goal and two helpers.  The Wolf Pack then went on to Hershey on Sunday and dropped a tight 4-3 decision to the Bears, despite Steven Fogarty scoring his first two goals of the year.

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS

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(SAT) RANGERS COMEBACK FALLS SHORT AGAINST HABS

 OFFICIAL GAME REPORTS    GOALIES                                                   Game Summary                           NYR: O. Pavelec (L)  MTL: C. Price (W)   Event Summary

–       GOALS GALORE – The Rangers have recorded at least three goals in five of their last six games, and have registered at least four goals in four of those contests. The Blueshirts have tallied 21 goals over the last six contests.

–       FOUR SCORE – The Blueshirts have tallied at least four goals in each of the last two games (nine goals over the span).

–       TWO GOOD – Four different Rangers (J.T. Miller, Rick Nash, Kevin Shattenkirk, Mika Zibanejad) registered two points in tonight’s contest. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK WEEKEND PREVIEW

CANTLON’S CORNER: Wolf Pack Weekend PREVIEW

By: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack get another crack at a three-in-three in closing out the first month of the season.

Friday, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers make their first trip to the XL Center for a rematch of last Sunday’s 6-3 loss in the Park City.

Then, on Saturday it’s on the road to the PPL Center in Allentown, PA to do battle with Lehigh Valley Phantoms for the second time this year.  They will wrap it up in a building that has haunted Wolf Pack team’s in the past few years – The Giant Center in Hershey, PA.

“We have a very tough division and we have three division games this weekend,”  Keith McCambridge said. ‘We know you can’t let points slip away from you (early) playing. Just a few days ago helps as you have a fresh idea of some of their systems and personnel, but we gotta focus on ourselves at this point.”

The Pack head coach commented on his team at .500 at 3-3-0-1 heading into the third weekend of the regular season.

The lineup from Sunday has changed from Sunday some expected and some not.

McCambridge literally changed his line and defensive combos every practice this week.

“The nature of the American Hockey League is players are coming and going. You’re happy about players going up and for me, I like the work. I have to deal with change as a coach. It’s a challenge comes with the territory.

“I learned over the years that you can’t write your lineup on the board because that could change in twenty minutes and it did this week,” said McCambridge with a wry smile.

Boo Nieves, the center for the only intact line of the season to this point, was recalled by the Rangers on Tuesday. The Rangers also put Adam Cracknell on waivers, so Nieves looks to be their fourth-line center for now. Cracknell cleared waivers and was assigned to the Wolf Pack.

“Boo’s game has progressed in a small sample here. He has good speed, good size, is defensively responsible, which fits in what the Rangers need at that position. I’m glad to see him get a chance with the dynamics he’s worked very hard to get another chance in New York.”

Nieves showed that and more with a three-assist effort and getting voted as the Number One Star in a 5-2 win over Arizona.

Defenseman Garrett Noonan was dispatched to Greenville with the arrival of newcomer Ryan Sproul from the Grand Rapids Griffins. In a trade last week, Sproul came wast while Matt Puempel headed to the midwest.

The Rangers sent Tony DeAngelo to Hartford on his 22nd birthday Wednesday. He split last season between Tucson and Arizona.

“With Ryan, our pro scouts liked what he showed, and to lose a guy like Puempel, a good forward who worked hard here, we got the type of depth you’re looking for with Ryan and (he) adds things you need. In my experience, you can never have enough defenseman. It does thin out a bit (as the season progresses).

“He has some offensive upside to him and he has had three good practices this week.”

The transition from the Detroit organization, where he spent the last three years and started the year, is a bit of a learning curve for him to adapt to the Rangers system.

 “It does take time. You give the (cliff) notes with what the systems are in all three zones. You do some in-game stuff and video work. He is an intelligent enough young man to understand systems and you don’t overwhelm a person either at the start,” commented McCambridge.

For Sproul, the trade was something of a surprise. This was his first as a pro and he hadn’t heard a thing until last Saturday afternoon.

“I was getting ready to go to the rink for the game and got the call I was traded. I never asked for or expected a trade. Ken (Detroit GM, Ken Holland) mentioned to me when I was sent down somebody was maybe looking into me. I didn’t expect it whatsoever. It was a surprise,” Sproul, who won a Calder Cup lasts spring with Griffins, said.

A trade never is easy for players.

“This is my first trade. There is so much to go through. I have my car back home and most of my stuff. My girlfriend and dog are there, so I had a lot of things to sort out in the last 48 hours as to what we’re going to do with everything from options for housing, and how to get my car here. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, but I’m looking forward to the hockey part of things,” Sproul said.

Sproul is relying on his former junior hockey teammate, Dan Catenacci, to help him get adjusted, not only to a new team but to get used to how he has to jump right in for a three-in-three which out West is almost non-existent.

“I think we have had two in my three years in Grand Rapids.”

D’Angelo came as a surprise, but he fits in with the team’s needs.

“He is quite mobile, has good vision and he comes here to play some minutes.”

Cracknell has had a real roller coaster two years. He’s gone from West to East in Vancouver, Dallas, and placed on waivers in training camp. He was claimed by the Rangers and played four games, was put on waivers again and not claimed. He now arrives in Hartford.

“Adam has come here and immediately fit in. He gives a real versatile forward. For the player, as a person, that is a very big swing. In a few years, you’re never sure where a player’s head is at when they come down.

It’s a tough pill to swallow, but Adam has been the opposite. He works with the younger players and it’s nice not to have to worry about him.

You don’t worry about the business side rather the player side in helping work to get their game back to their top level so they return (to the NHL) and that’s what we’re here for,” commented McCambridge.

NOTES:

Alexander Georgiev will start in net for the Wolf Pack tomorrow night

Sound Tigers lineup will change as well as they received forwards Josh Ho-Sang and Alan Quine from the Islanders mid-week.

Health update on a pair of centers, Filip Chytil (lower body), and Dan Catenacci (foot), will both be back in the lineup

Lehigh Valley received forward and Wethersfield native, Colin MacDonald, from their parent team, the Philadelphia Flyers, earlier in the week.

Ex-Wolf Pack, Justin Vaive, signed a PTO deal with the Belleville Senators after starting the season with Cincinnati (ECHL).

Former Wolf Pack, Tommy Thompson, was loaned by Idaho (ECHL) to the Texas Stars.

Chandler Stephenson, the nephew of former Whaler, Bob Stephenson, was recalled by the Washington Capitals from the Hershey Bears.

Goalie Steve Michalek (Glastonbury/Loomis Chaffe) was reassigned by Iowa to Rapid City (ECHL).

A pair of ex-Sound Tigers d-men both are on the move. Steve Olesky was recalled from San Diego by Anaheim and Griffin Reinhart was sent down by Las Vegas to the Chicago Wolves.

With two major goalie injuries in the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights net, the Chicago Wolves, their farm team, got help from the Toronto Marlies. They have three goalies and loaned Kasmir Kaskisuo to the team.

Former Springfield Falcon, Oscar Dansk, won his first NHL game with the Golden Knights defeating Chicago 4-2 on Tuesday. He played the last two years in Sweden with Rogle BK.

Three players with CT ties will be a part of the team Canada pre-Olympic team at the Karjala Cup. They are ex-CT Whale, Christian Thomas, who’s now with the  Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins, Wojtech Wolski of Kunlun (China-KHL) and ex-Sound Tiger d-man, Chris Lee, who resigned a deal this week for a fifth year with Metallurg Magnitogorsk (Russia-KHL).

The tournament is being held in Helsinki, Finland and Biel, Switzerland. Five other countries, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Russia, Finland, and Sweden, will compete from November 8-12.

The recently departed ex-Pack, Malte Stromwall, according to the Swedish hockey website, Kvallposten, has signed a deal with KooKoo (Finland-FEL) presently in 9th place in a 10 team elite league.

Former Wolf Pack, Calle Andersson, put his name on a contract granting him an extension with the defending Swiss NLA champion SC Bern. His younger brother, Rasmus, plays with Stockton. His father Peter is an assistant coach with Charlotte.

Former Sound Tiger, Robert Nilsson, did the same signing an extension with ZSC Zurich.

Former Wolf Pack, Lauri Korpikoski, has also signed a deal with ZSC Zurich. Korpi’s contract is for the rest of the year after looking at an offer from HC Lausanne.

Former Sound Tiger goalie, Kevin Poulin, signed a deal with Medvescak Zagreb (Croatia-AEHL).

Ex-Pack defenseman, Petr Zamorsky, was released by HC Sparta Prague (Czech Republic-CEL) with a minus-nine in 15 games.

RANGERS ASSIGN ADAM CRACKNELL TO HARTFORD

RANGERS ASSIGN ADAM CRACKNELL TO HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, October 25, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has assigned Adam Cracknell to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Cracknell, 32, has skated in four games with the Rangers this season, and he made his debut with the Blueshirts on Oct. 10 vs. St. Louis. He was claimed off waivers by the Rangers from Dallas on Oct. 9.