5th year defenseman Ryan Sproul(55) was recently involved in a trade of former high draft picks that sent him to New York Rangers‘ prospect system.
Originally a Detroit Red Wings‘ 2nd round pick in 2011 (#55 overall), he played a career high 27 games last season, staying up in the show for the full run but was also a healthy scratch on a number of occasions and sidelined with an acl injury needing surgery a month before the end of the season.
The big 6’4″ 211 lbs. blue liner has been playing with affiliate Hartford Wolf Pack since being dealt and is definitely a strong point in their defensive zone.
He also has the ability to put up points with decent regularity, averaging close to 10 goals and 20 assists in each of his AHL campaigns.
Through his three seasons with Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, he was just over a point-per-OHL–game guy in his last two years before turning pro.
It’s still a bit of a wonder if the upcoming 24-year old restricted free agent will get more time up in the big league with his new club or be left unqualified.
He’s currently playing the second year of his extension on a one-way agreement.
4th year defenseman Garrett Noonan(77) signed a one-year extension to stay with Hartford Wolf Pack heading into 2017/2018.
He appeared in 6 AHL games recording a pair of assists, which seemed to get him off to a bit of a hot start for a player that had only 3 helpers in 26 contests last season.
Less than a month into the new calendar though, he was to be reassigned down to affiliate Greenville Swamp Rabbits but instead sought to be released from his contract.
The 6’1″ 209 lbs. one month later left to explore opportunities in Erste Bank Eishockey Liga joining Medvescak Zagreb, where he should be able to produce numbers that rival what he did as a sophomore skater with Cincinnati Cyclones (9-34-43 in 55 ECHL games).
Originally a Nashville Predators‘ 4th round pick in the 2011 draft (#112 overall), he was in the prospect system for two years after graduating Boston University.
The 26-year old quite possibly has made a great decision to continue his career overseas.
Edmonton Oilers‘ 8th year undrafted defenseman Ryan Stanton(8) has played in the minors under contract with a big league team for the past couple of seasons.
He started the new calendar on the sidelines with a broken foot suffered in preseason play.
As soon as he was ready to go was reassigned to affiliate Bakersfield Condors, where in 12 AHL games he has one assist with a +1 rating.
The 6’2″ 205 lbs. d-man has already received a pair of recalls but has yet to appear in an NHL game.
His last time spent in the show was after being claimed off waivers in 2013/2014 by Vancouver Canucks from original contract club Chicago Blackhawks.
He spent the next two campaigns on the blue line for them, after playing in only one game previously, and did pretty decently scoring 4 goals and 23 assists in 118 games with a +14 rating but was left unqualified.
Washington Capitals picked up his option a few weeks into unrestricted free agency but sent him to farm club Hershey Bears to help them win and took them to Finals before bowing out.
Once again he was left unqualified but quickly signed with Colorado Avalanche.
That didn’t change must of his scenery though, as he was sent to San Antonio Rampage to play before being traded early in the year to Columbus Blue Jackets.
The 28-year old will likely get his chance this season but will definitely have to work hard to earn it.
After being released from a training camp tryout by Toronto Marlies, 6th year defenseman, former 1st round draft pick Brandon Gormley(3) took a little time to agree to a one-year deal with Mora IK of the SHL, but now more than 10 games into the new calendar looks to have made a great decision.
He played last season under contract to New Jersey Devils but was reassigned to affiliate Albany Devils before a late season trade sent him to Ottawa Senators minor league squad Binghamton Senators.
The decently sized blue liner put up some outstanding assist numbers in his middle two seasons of junior hockey in the QMJHL and then for his first pair of years in the AHL but those numbers dropped as he was recalled for NHL games.
He’s appeared in 58 contests in the big league scoring 2 goals and 3 assists on a pair of teams that struggled to stitch together wins.
It might be interesting to see what he would do on a better club but that’s looking in the rearview.
Now over in Sweden is likely the 25-year is starting to smile with how things have played out for his career.
11th year wing Rob Klinkhammer(49) started the season in his second campaign of a multi-year deal as assistant captain for HC Dinamo Minsk of the KHL but after scoring only a goal and an assist in 7 games was traded to Ak Bars Kazan, where he’s been decently effective on the scoresheet for his new club.
The rather big 6’3″ 214 lbs. forward left North American pro hockey after 2015/2016 after splitting time with Edmonton Oilers and affiliate Bakersfield Condors.
He has played 193 NHL games with 5 different clubs, including a stint from 2012-2014 exclusively up in the big league and has scored 22 goals and 21 assists with a +4 rating.
In the minors, his numbers surged with 93 goals and 139 assists in 423 AHL games and a +23.
The 31-year old could catch fire in the current calendar but if not, look for him to switch leagues overseas and have more success elsewhere.
3rd year defenseman Chris Rumble(22) had a solid, career year in the AHL with Binghamton Senators scoring 6 goals and 21 assists in 56 games.
He’s done exactly as anticipated and split overseas signing with Fischtown Pinguine. of DEL and already has some nice and handy stats at 2 goals and 13 assists with a +3 rating.
It would be little surprise to see the 27-year old stay in town next season and it’s likely he’ll be wanted to return.
8th year center Chris VandeVelde(76) has spent the last four seasons under contract with Philadelphia Flyers, including the last pair on a one-way deal, as he has been skating exclusively in the highest league since early 2014.
He’s amassed 278 NHL games to his credit, mostly in a fourth line role, which even outpaced the 238 AHL contests he’s appeared in.
Heading into the new session, it was decided they didn’t want to retain the services of the 30-year old unrestricted free agent.
It took a bit of time for the forward to figure out his next move but he finally put ink to paper and signed for the remainder of the season with Lukko of Liiga and could possibly see his highest point totals in the league overseas.
9th year undrafted left wing Joey Sides(19) is spending a 5th season under an ECHL contract for 2017/2018 with Tulsa Oilers and is off to another hot start scoring 5 goals and 9 assists in 20 games with a +8 rating.
The former three-time captain of Wentworth Institute of Technology NCAA Division III team was a standout started.
He started his pro career with two years in the defunct Central Hockey League for Arizona Sundogs starting his scoring prowess.
At 5’11” 187 lbs. the forward isn’t exactly the biggest guy out there but finds his space fairly smartly and easily.
He spent playing time in the Netherlands one-time top league Eredivise, the AHL in 2013/2014 signed by St. John’s IceCaps but only appeared in 6 games, skated last season serving as captain for Dundee Stars of the EIHL and didn’t play in 2013/2014.
The now 31-year old is certainly a heck of a point performer and will likely go until he doesn’t connect with the net but post playing career he would likely make an outstanding coach.
Washington Capitals‘ 6th round pick in the 2011 draft (#177 overall) center Travis Boyd(72) put up a career high and team leading 47 assists and 63 points with affiliate Hershey Bears last season as a sophomore skater.
In his rookie campaign he had a career high 21 goals.
Through 23 AHL games this season he already has 3 goals and 17 assists but for the first time in his pro career in a -8.
The 5’11” 185 lbs. forward has never been a crazy point-getter but definitely has the ability to dish out those helpers and amass points as he did in high school, with the USNTDP squad in the year he was selected and his final two runs at University Of Minnesota.
His strong play in the early going of 2017/2018 has earned him a first NHL recall.
In his debut he was out there for 13 shifts and 9:10 of ice time, including one shot on net in a 4-1 win.
The 24-year old will be a restricted free agent for the second time and should earn himself a tidy extension, especially if he’s able to produce any points in the show.
Undrafted 4th year left wing Alex Krushelnyski(19) signed his third AHL contract with Lehigh Valley Phantoms heading into 2017/2018.
He played a career high 43 games for Binghamton Senators last season scoring a best 3 goals and 4 assists but was also reassigned down to Wichita Thunder and Allen Americans on a pair of occasions, including the playoffs with the latter squad.
The 6′ 180 lbs. forward is basically a point-per-game guy in the ECHL spending his rookie campaign with Utah Grizzlies but also played 68 games with the club in his sophomore run, when he sent down by contract team Hartford Wolf Pack.
He started the current calendar with Reading Royals and has once again detonated the score sheet.
The 27-year old Colorado College graduate is the son of Mike Krushelnyski, who skated 897 NHL games in a 14-year span.