Category: Featured

Brock Beukeboom (41)

Brock-Beukeboom

Rookie defenseman Jeff Beukeboom(41) started his pro career under contract with Toledo Walleye but was traded to Greenville Swamp Rabbits after a month of watching from the sidelines.

He got right into the lineup but only netted one assist in 15 ECHL games before another trade sent him to Worcester Railers.

The fairly large 6’2″ 215 lbs. blue liner must have arrived at a happier place, as he’s taken his scoring to a new level grabbing a first goal and 6 assists in 12 contests.

Originally a Tampa Bay Lightning 3rd round pick in the 2010 draft (#63 overall) his right were traded to St. Louis Blues but he was left unsigned.

Never quite a big scorer through 5 seasons of the OHL, he did have 19 assists as a sophomore junior skater and 21 in his final year before heading off to University Of Prince Edward Island.

He would spent four years at school.

The 25-year old really appears to be coming into his own and it would be little surprise to see him move up to the next level, especially if he can finish out the current calendar with a strong showing.

His dad is Jeff Beukeboom, a veteran of 804 NHL games with a massive +115 rating and current assistant coach, specializing on defense with New York Rangers.

Harri Sateri (29)

Harri-Sateri

Florida Panthers‘ 10th year net minder Harri Sateri(29) was wooed to return to North American pro hockey after three strong seasons with Vitayz Podolsk on a 1-year, 2-way deal.

He played 132 KHL games posting a 2.62 GAA and .923 SV% from 2014-2017 after leaving San Jose Sharks‘ prospect system.

Starting a new campaign with affiliate Springfield Thunderbirds, he’s posted a 5-6 record in 12 AHL games on a team that struggled early but was recalled just after the new year.

He struggled early with three losses in his first ever big league starts but was continued to be given opportunities and has rebounded nicely.

In his last three contests, he’s back stopped three wins, allowing only 5 goals with a .945 SV% and was voted the NHL 2nd star of the week.

If the 28-year old can continue to excel serving as main back up, there’s little doubt he’ll be in line for a multi-year extension to stay.

Kevin Lough (13)

Kevin-Lough

Undrafted 2nd year defenseman Kevin Lough(13) started his sophomore season with the team he’d had a  successful rookie campaign with, Adirondack Thunder.

In 21 ECHL games, he was flirting with career high totals, scoring 2 goals and 12 assists (he notched 4 goals, 14 assists in 2016/2017).

His efforts earned the 5’11” 185 lbs. blue liner a loan up to Chicago Wolves, which paid off nicely as he connected for three assists in his first pair of AHL games and has since put up a pair of goals and 7 helpers in 22 contests with a +4 rating.

This scoring outburst is new for a player that was only able to put up moderate numbers through 4 years at Colgate University.

The 25-year old seems to be climbing the hockey ladder as he was recently given an spc to stick through the current season and from the looks of it could play himself into a new deal sooner than later.

Michael Bournival (15)

Michael-Bournival

Tampa Bay Lightning 6th year left wing Michael Bournival(15) has been on a bit of a tear with affiliate Syracuse Crunch.

Although he’s only ever played one full season in the minors and scored on a point-per-every-other-game pace last season with the same squad, his totals in the current campaign are blowing the lid off previous marks.

A late reassignment from training camp, through 40 AHL games he has a new high 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points with a +8 rating.

Originally a Colorado Avalanche‘ 3rd round pick in the 2010 draft (#71 overall), he was traded in the last run of juniors to Montreal Canadiens, where he was quickly signed to a three-year entry level deal.

As a senior captain of Shawinigan Cataractes, he would lead them onto a 2012 Memorial Cup victory.

The smallish 5’11” 198 lbs. forward signed a one-year extension, but was sidelined for much of 2015/2016 with concussion issues resulting in him not picking up a qualifying offer to stay on.

He quickly inked a new deal as an unrestricted free agent with the Lightning and split time, playing 19 NHL games.

The 25-year old has 4 more games in the big league under his belt with no points but that likely won’t stand for too long if he continues to get more time.

What the next move for the upcoming restricted free agent is anyone’s guess, but it’s doubtful his time is up in North America.

Jordan-Samuels Thomas (73)

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4th year left wing Jordan-Samuels Thomas(73) started the season under his 2nd year with San Diego Gulls after getting loaned up from Florida Everblades and playing his way into an AHL contract, then signing for another 2 seasons.

The big power forward saw his scoring totals slump heavily with only a goal and an assist in 18 games with a -9 rating and was released from his deal.

He took little time to agree with BK Mlada Boleslav of Czech Extraliga but that lasted only 4 appearances with one assist before opting out less than a month later to join Augsburger Panther of DEL.

The 27-year old may likely find a good home for his game in Germany and continue to play for a long while.

Willie Corrin (55)

Willie-Corrin

Undrafted 2nd year defenseman Willie Corrin(55) signed his latest deal with Brampton Beast after spending 40 ECHL games with the team last season on reassignment from contract club Toronto Marlies.

He played only 4 AHL games scoring no points last season.

The 6’2″ 200 lbs. blue liner was on an extension signed after he joined the team, when his four years at University Of Minnesota-Duluth were completed

He notched a pair of assists and had a +4 rating in 4 contests.

Once again, the sophomore skater, who never really put up outstanding numbers through college, looks to be setting a new pace for scoring in the latest campaign grabbing 4 goals and 14 assists with a +7 in 26 games.

His efforts have earned him a loan up to Belleville Senators.

In three games he had no points, 2 penalty minutes and 5 shots on net.

The 26-year old looks to be set to grab another contract in the higher league moving forward or will find some better hockey overseas next season.

Jacob McDonald (23)

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Binghamton Devils‘ undrafted 3rd year defenseman Jacob McDonald(23) is having some kind of career year with 12 goals and 20 assists in 42 AHL games.

His tallies are first in the league for his position and 2nd overall in points.

He’s in the 2nd year of a two-year deal with the team, signed near the end of 2016/2017 after a mid-season loan up from Toledo Walleye of the ECHL that obviously stuck.

The 6′ 208 lbs. d-man was chosen to be in the 2018 AHL All Star game and had a solid showing with an impressive tricky shoot out goal that should easily put him on the radar of an NHL team.

A former Waterloo Blackhawks standout before heading to four years at Cornell University there’s little doubt he’s starting to blossom, big.

At 24-years old he’s definitely on track for a 2-year entry level contract.

Not bad for a player who started as a rookie with a season for the ill-fated Elmira Jackals.

Petr Straka (83)

Petr-Straka

5th year right wing Petr Straka(83) decided it was time to return home after not finding a new NHL deal heading into 2017/2018 as a group 6 unrestricted free agent.

He first signed with hometown club HC Plzen of Tipsport liga but was recently traded to HC Dukla Jihlava.

Not exactly a player to put up huge numbers, he did have a fairly successful final season in Philadelphia Flyers‘ system with affiliate Lehigh Valley Phantoms (19-18-37) and signed a one-year extension but an early season trade sent him to New Jersey Devils, where an injury limited his time to only 38 AHL games for Albany Devils but he also failed to appear in any playoff games, so the writing was on the wall.

It’s kind of odd as in the only 3 NHL games he ever skated he logged a pair of assists and was a +1 but never received another look.

The 25-year old may be content back where he knows his hockey but could also blossom and look to another higher level overseas to continue his game.

Alex Lyon (49)

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Philadelphia Flyers‘ undrafted 2nd year goaltender Alex Lyon(49) gets the nod for his first NHL start after putting out the fire for the last 8 minutes of a loss the night before.

He stopped 18 of 22 shots for a .818 SV% in a late 3rd 4-3 defeat against division rivals New Jersey Devils. but did less well in a 2nd appearance surrendering 3 goals on 23 shots and was pulled for the final frame.

The 6’1″ 201 lbs. net minder is a pretty strong 40-22-7-4 with a 2.79 GAA and .911 SV% with affiliate Lehigh Valley Phantoms through 71 AHL games.

He’s played 24 this season with a 13-8-2 record.

The 25-year old is on a one-year extension through the end of the current calendar and set for a second restricted free agency.

It’s sort of a no brainer to make it right to keep the former Yale University stand out around.

Cody Corbett (84)

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Undrafted 4th year defenseman Cody Corbett(84) takes a career high 18 assists and 21 points over to Orli Znojmo of EBEL for the remainder of the 2017/2018 season.

He put up those numbers on a strong Idaho Steelheads‘ squad in just 34 ECHL games before deciding to leave.

The 6’2″ 205 lbs. blue liner has always been a plus player in the lower league.

Originally signed by Colorado Avalanche to a 3-year entry level deal, he spent most of his time with affiliates but after a trade deadline transaction sent him to Washington Capitals, where he was assigned to South Carolina Stingrays.

He had an amazing run to the Kelly Cup Finals scoring a goal and 8 assists in 22 games with a +6 rating but was left unqualified heading into another campaign.

The 24-year old, twice 2012 & 2014 WHL Champion with Edmonton Oil Kings and one-time 2014 Memorial Cup winner should do very well in Austria and move himself up the hockey ladder overseas in short order.