Undrafted 2nd year center Mark Naclerio(67) decides to leave Reading Royals and head to Erste Bank Eishockey Liga signing for the remainder of 2017/2018 with EHC Linz.
He was likely heading towards new career highs scoring 10 goals and 18 assists in 36 ECHL games, which was very close to marks he set last season skating for Atlanta Gladiators (14-19-36), while on reassignment from contract club Providence Bruins.
In 10 AHL contests through 2016/2017 he was less successful with a goal and an assists.
The 6′ 185 lbs. forward initially skated 7 games with the P-Bruins after finishing up four years at Brown University, where he was a decent scorer, especially as a sophomore, when he struck for 16 goals and 19 assists.
The 25-year old should be able to do well in Austria’s top league.
New York Islanders‘ 3rd year left wing Ross Johnston(52) earned a 2nd NHL game, making it two straight seasons of appearances for the huge, tough guy.
He played 11 shifts for a brief 5:49 total ice but got off 2 shots, 2 hits, a fighting major and ten minute misconduct, while picking up his first point, an assist in a 7-3 drubbing of Chicago Blackhawks.
In 37 AHL games, he’s already picked up a new career best 8 assists.
It’s possible the 23-year old has earned another look in the current recall and may have even upped the ante on his upcoming restricted free agent status.
This is a player that absolutely thumps out there.
Undrated 3rd year center Michael Kirkpatrick(11) earns his first loan to the AHL.
Cleveland Monsters became the suitors to call on the 5’11” 175 lbs. forward, who is essentially a point-per-game guy in the ECHL (65-93-158 in 168 games).
He’s under contract for a second straight season with Florida Everblades and his production in the current campaign looks to be his best yet.
As a rookie, he led Adirondack Thunder in scoring.
Then as a sophomore skater was a bonkers, tied for team leading +32 rating.
He won the 2011 QMJHL Championship and subsequent Memorial Cup, while he was with Saint John’s Sea Dogs, where he also put up some outstanding numbers.
From there he was given a two-year deal with St. John’s IceCaps but a month in with no games under his belt decided to leave to attend St. Francis Xavier University and stayed hot scoring.
It’s a bit of a wonder why the 27-year old doesn’t move on to find some better hockey (and money) overseas, unless the Nova Scotia native is content be a high level player and appreciates the higher level opportunity he’s been given.
Texas Stars‘ rookie center Max French(17) started the season with affiliate Idaho Steelheads and has been returned after 25 AHL games scoring 3 goals and 3 assists with a -2 rating.
They likely want to see if they can ignite that scoring in the lower league as he did, especially as a junior assistant captain and senior captain with Bentley University.
The 5’10” 185 lbs. forward was a point-per-game player through four years of college hockey.
A tenacious skater, he should start lighting up the ECHL when he lands.
It would be no surprise if the 25-year old’s next contract came from a suitor overseas.
Fischtown Pinguins‘ 3rd year undrafted center Ross Mauermann(14) got off to a quick start in 2017/2018 scoring 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points in 41 DEL games with a +6 rating.
These numbers almost double what he was able to score in a similar amount of games last season and are more points than he had in a full AHL schedule as a rookie for Springfield Falcons.
The smallish 5’9″ 170 lbs. forward was part of the 2015 NCAA Championship team with Providence College and produced three 20+ point campaigns along with his best marks, 36 points as a junior.
He also has a combined +30.
The 27-year old’s stepped up game was rewarded with a one-year extension to stay on.
Cincinnati Cyclones‘ undrafted 5th year center Shawn O’Donnell(16) looks to eclipse scoring marks he set last season with the team (14-28-42).
Through 26 ECHL games he already has 14 goals and 22 assists for 36 points with a +6 rating and unloaded 101 shots on net.
The 6’1″ 195 lbs. forward started his pro career after 4 years at St. Mary’s University on an ato to join Florida Everblades and after 5 appearances and playoffs was signed for his rookie year but then traded to Wichita Thunder before the start of training camp.
He wasn’t there long though as he was loaned up to Hartford Wolf Pack and never looked back, staying with them for the next three seasons.
In 134 AHL games he was unable to produce what he has in the lower league (7-11-18) but always was able to fill that role as an agitating third or fourth line defender.
It would seem mostly likely that the next move for the 29-year old will be to head off to Europe for another few seasons but could stick closer to home and start grooming himself for coaching opportunities.
4th year extra-big defenseman (6’7″ 222 lbs.) Loic Leduc(21) has made a decision to take a step back joining Thetford Mines Assurancia of the LNAH for the remainder of the calendar, leaving Reading Royals after 24 ECHL games scoring 6 assists.
He returns to play a bit closer to home in the semi-pro Quebec league.
Originally a New York Islanders‘ 4th round pick in the 2012 draft (#103 overall), the blue liner was in the team’s prospect system for three seasons before being left unqualified heading into 2017/2018.
He played 53 AHL games with affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers but was reassigned further down for most of his time.
Not exactly counted on for his point production, he’s more known for inflicting a punishing presence for any players that wander too close to his net.
It’s still possible the super-young 23-year old decides accept another contract in double A hockey but could be strategizing to move his game to a higher level overseas.
Tampa Bay Lightning 2nd round pick in the 2014 draft (#35 overall) Czech-Republic-born 2nd year defenseman Dominik Masin(27) was a late cut from training camp to be reassigned to affiliate Syracuse Crunch but is flourishing in his sophomore campaign.
Through 37 AHL games he has 6 goals and 10 assists for 16 points with a +16 rating.
He had 32 assists in 57 OHL games with a +28 rating in his 2nd and final season with Peterborough Petes, so there’s definitely a possible offense upside.
At 6’2″ 198 lbs. he definitely has the size.
Signed to a three year entry level deal through next season, he’s likely to compete for a spot on the blue line sooner than later.
New York Rangers‘ 7th year center Peter Holland(22) has appeared in NHL games ever since his rookie season 2011/2012, but has yet to play a game in the current calendar.
The big, power forward was traded from Montreal Canadiens, who had given him a nice two-year deal on the opening day of unrestricted free agency, just short of a couple of months into 2017/2018.
He is tearing up the AHL on a point-per-game pace and looks to eclipse his best marks in the league he put up as a rookie (23-37-60).
From 2014-2017, while under contract with Toronto Maple Leafs, he was full-time in the big league and eclipsed the 20-point mark twice before being dealt to Arizona Coyotes.
The almost 27-year old should get a recall but even if he doesn’t is on a one-way deal for next season and could be easily looked at to fill a fourth line checking role but definitely needs to pull up a horrible -28 in 243 games.
Arizona Coyotes‘ 7th year right wing Mike Sislo(9) picked up a new contract as an unrestricted free agent on opening day to join his new team.
In 28 AHL games with affiliate Tuscon Roadrunners, serving as assistant captain, he has 10 goals and 8 assists with a -1 rating and has already received a first recall but has yet to play.
The 5’11” 190 lbs. forward was left in the minors under his last deal with Colorado Avalanche and eventually loaned to Toronto Marlies at trade deadline.
It’s definitely possible for the 29-year to earn more time in the big league but keeping him on may need more money than his current club is willing to offer.
Our bet is he continues his pro hockey overseas for 2018/2019 but we do hope he decides to stay.