Category: Featured

Kodie Curran (4)

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Undrafted 3rd year defenseman Kodie Curran(4) takes a career and league best goals and points (10-33) by a blue liner for Esbjerg Energy to the 2017 Metal Ligaen Championship.

The fairly large 6’2″ 205 lbs. tough to play against d-man decides to try his hand at their northern neighbors’ top league GET-ligaen, signing with Storhamar for 2017/2018.

As a rookie, he inked with Hartford Wolf Pack but spent 45 ECHL games with affiliate Greenville Swamp Rabbits notching 7 goals and 16 assists.

He also played 18 games recording 4 assists with a +3 rating with the AHL club that was close to last place in the league.

After 4 years of AJHL with Calgary Canucks and Spruce Grove Saints, he decided to head to University Of Calgary and spent 5 years at school before turning pro with a pair of games in Connecticut.

The 27-year old will do well in Norway and should continue to increase his worth overseas.

Michael Garteig (35)

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Undrafted 2nd year goaltender Michael Garteig(35) finished up a one-year entry level contract with Vancouver Canucks but was left unqualified heading into the new season.

He tended the cage for 8 AHL games with affiliate Utica Comets and even though he posted a 0-4-2-1 record with a 3.01 GAA and .897 SV%, they must have liked what they saw, as he is signed to a one-year minor league deal for 2017/2018.

The 6’1″ 190 lbs. net minder played most of his rookie season for Alaska Aces, where he was in the cage for 22 ECHL games posting similar stats to what he achieved in the higher league.

He twice was the BCHL‘s leading backstop and won the 2012 Doyle Cup Championship with Penticton Vees before agreeing to four years at Quinnipiac University.

Averaging just shy of 40 games played as a sophomore, junior and senior at college hockey, he won the 2016 NCAA/ECAC title as he consistently put up excellent numbers.

The 25-year old will likely rebound nicely.

Brandon Mashinter (53)

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9th year left wing Brandon Mashinter(53) is returning to his roots signing a one-year two-way deal with the first team he laced up for San Jose Sharks.

This wrapped up four years in Chicago Blackhawks‘ system.

He was with them in his first full season 2014/2015, when they won their last Stanley Cup but played only with affiliate Rockford Icehogs.

It would be the follow-up season that he played a career high 41 NHL games scoring 4 goals and an assist.

He played the entirety of 2016/2017 in the AHL pacing himself for a 5th 30-point session.

It’s possible the soon-to-be 29-year old could assume the captain’s role for farm club San Jose Barracuda but chances are he fits into the big league team structure.

Olivier Roy (35)

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7th year net minder Olivier Roy(35) switches things up after two campaigns in Erstebank Eishockey Liga to DEL2 signing with Eispiraten Crimmitschau for 2017/2018.

He helped HDD Olimpija Ljubljana win the 2016 Slovenian Championship in his first year outside of North American hockey posting an incredible 0.29 GAA and .988 SV%.

It wasn’t his first title though as he picked up the 2014 Kelly Cup with Alaska Aces after a trade sent him from draft team Edmonton Oilers to Calgary Flames‘ system, where he was reassigned down to the ECHL.

He spent one more season in the league with Idaho Steelheads before deciding to pursue opportunities elsewhere.

The recently turned 26-year old should do well in Germany’s tier 2 league and might even be in line to win a third champs trophy.

Colin Markison (25)

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Undrafted 3rd year right wing Colin Markison(25) leaves a pair of seasons with Bridgeport Sound Tigers signing a one-year deal to skate for Texas Stars in 2017/2018.

The 5’10” 185 lbs. forward played only 28 AHL games last year due to injuries but was never reassigned like he was as a rookie, when he split his time with Kansas City Mavericks.

In 24 ECHL games through 2015/2016 he scored 10 goals and 7 assists with a mammoth +18 rating.

He was said to be impressive at New York Islanders‘ training camp, where he played in four exhibition matchups and was a late cut on a tryout agreement.

This uptick as a pro seems to outpace what he did in four years at University Of Vermont.

It was only as a senior when he produced decently grabbing 9 goals and 16 assists in 40 games.

If the 25-year old can stay healthy, he should be able to do well with his new club and will likely earn himself a call-up to Dallas Stars‘ camp.

Josh Atkinson (22)

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Undrafted 2nd year defenseman Josh Atkinson(22) had himself quite a rookie season with Atlanta Gladiators.

The 6′ 194 lbs. blue liner scored 10 goals and had a team leading 40 assists in 66 ECHL games, which was equal to all his helper marks through 4 years at University of Alaska-Fairbanks and his single season tallies were slightly better than he achieve in all of college hockey.

He received a 2-game loan up to Chicago Wolves of the AHL but was unable to connect for any points.

The player who will turn 25-years old as the next campaign starts gets scooped up by San Antonio Rampage, who seem to be grabbing most of the best skaters from the lower league and offering them a chance to play at a higher level.

Paul Postma (14)

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There was a 9th year defenseman Paul Postma(14) sighting at Boston Bruins‘ captains’ practice, which is the first time he’s been out of a Winnipeg Jets‘ uniform in 8 seasons.

This number includes two years with Atlanta Thrashers, the team that selected him in 7th round of the 2007 draft (#205 overall).

He signed a one-year one-way deal on the opening day of unrestricted free agency to change up the scenery after posting a career high 13 assists and 14 points in 65 NHL games, his first full campaign in the big league.

The 28-year old will have to earn his spot on the black n’ gold but looks like to fit into a top 6 role.

Joel Martin (49)

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15th year net minder Joel Martin(49) doesn’t know the word quit.

He’s appeared in games for no less than 16 teams across 7 different leagues, including only one overseas, Metal Ligaen.

The 6’2″ 185 lbs. goaltender even played 3 contests in 2003 for the old WCHL Bakersfield Condors after finishing up juniors in the WHL.

He enters his 9th season with the current ECHL Kalamazoo Wings and older versions of the IHL and 2 years in the UHL in his sophomore and third campaigns.

His 2o7 wins and 21 shutouts both leading stats in team history.

He’s suited up for one NHL game with New York Islanders but didn’t play.

The 35-year old when the new season starts is a pillar of persistence and endurance.

Whenever he decides to hang up the pads, he’ll become an amazing goalie coach.

Olivier Magnan (2)

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12th year defenseman Olivier Magnan(2) signs on for a 6th year with Dornbirner EC of EBEL, a team he’s been with since 2012/2013, his second season away from North American hockey.

Originally a New Jersey Devils‘ 5th round pick in the 2006 draft (#148 overall), he spent the first five years of his pro career in their system, mostly playing games for Lowell Devils with one campaign with Albany Devils, when they moved before he was let go as an unrestricted free agent.

It was almost a bit ironic that he skated 18 NHL games in 2010/2011 before being released (0 points, -4 rating).

Maybe the thought was they didn’t want to go to arbitration or negotiate a new deal.

The big 6’2″ 201 lbs. blue liner left for Serie A joining Val Pusteria, where he posted his best scoring totals with 5 goals and 21 assists in 39 games.

At 31-years old, he has settled nicely into a place he’s comfortable and may just continue with the squad until he’s ready to return to Sherbrook, QC.

Zdeno Chara (34)

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2017/2018 with be Boston Bruins‘ captain Zdeno Chara‘s 20th professional hockey season.

He is 40-years old.

It’s being reported the 6’9″ 250 lbs. Slovak wants to continue as his 7-year contract extension is set to expire.

Tough to say if the black ‘n gold keeps him in the fold.

His game has definitely not trailed off.

He still logs a ton of minutes as a punishing defender and scores a good amount of points to help out up front.