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.
After 15 years on pro ice left wing leader Jeff Hoggan(10) decides it’s time to head to the bench.
He becomes the new head coach for Omaha AAA Hockey Club, which should be helped by the degree he earned after four years at University Of Nebraska-Omaha, so in essence the Hope, BC native must have felt like this was home.
The always gritty leader, five time captain, including the 2013 Calder Cup Championship with Grand Rapids Griffins played a whopping 751 AHL games, 107 NHL games for 3 different teams and 81 in Germany’s DEL.
It’s likely the 39-year old is enjoying life on the other side now.
9th year center Colin Long(37) stays in the new Alps HL for 2017/2018 after a very successful season with Asiago (10-32-42 with a +33 rating) but has decided to switch teams for Gherdëina.
Upon first leaving North American pro hockey, he spent two seasons playing with Dusseldorfer EG putting up some ok numbers but seemed to fall off some in his third year of DEL for Krefeld Pinguine.
He decided to take it down a level next signing with Asploven HC of Sweden’s tier two Allsvenskan but remained a bit flat with only 7 goals and 14 assists in 40 games and a horrible -20.
The former 2009 WHL Champion and captain of Kelowna Rockets has maybe quietly found a good home in the hybrid Austrian league.
7th year left wing Philippe Cornet(51) makes a late decision to rejoin Stavanger Oilers after a decently successful campaign with HPK, where he potted 12 goals and 4 assists in 30 Liiga games.
He was a point-per-game performer en route to the 2016 league title and is already on pace to repeat those marks.
The 27-year old seems to be enjoying his time overseas and may only decide to return if he wants to explore some coaching ambitions post playing career.
Vegas Golden Knights‘ 7th year defenseman Brayden McNabb(3) was scooped as one of the eligible players Los Angeles Kings had to leave open for the expansion draft and has been heavily utilized in their lineup as a top blue liner playing 20+ minutes a night.
He has two assists in 20 games with a +10 ratings and is said to be a monster with block shots.
The big 26-year old d-man has been rewarded with a new 4-year extension worth $2.5 million AAV, keeping him with the team through 2022.
He’s been a bit inconsistent with putting up points but did have one season of 20+ assists, so has the ability to add to the offense.
8th year Finnish-born defenseman Jyri Niemi(88) has spent the last 5 years in his country’s Liiga signing with KooKoo for 2017/2018 after a pair of injury-riddled seasons for Ilves.
The 6’2″ 207 lbs. blue liner is already off to a decent start with his new squad scoring a goal and 5 assists in 18 games.
He already signed a deal to return to Finland before being left unqualified by New York Rangers heading into a contract year for the restricted free agent.
The 28-year old is likely much happier playing close to home for the remainder of his time on ice.
Vegas Golden Knights‘ 5th year center Stefan Matteau(25) was left unqualified by Montreal Canadiens‘ after a trade sent him over from draft team New Jersey Devils.
He played 12 games with the Habs following the deal scoring only one assist but was left to skate in the minors with affiliate St. John’s IceCaps for the entirety of 2016/2017.
The fairly sizable forward was a bit of a late cut heading into the current campaign and after 19 AHL games for Chicago Wolves had 4 goals and an assist with a -5 rating but the parent club saw something in his play that moved them to recall him.
In his debut with the new squad he was on the ice for 11 shifts, 7:54 minutes and had 3 shots on net, 4 hits, 1 play break up, 2 take aways and 1 giveaway in a 3-0 loss.
There’s little doubt the former high draft pick, 23-year old will need to either step it up a level in the minors or continue to play with the big club and exert himself to earn an extension.
7th year defenseman Oliver Lauridsen(7) is skating his second season with Jokerit after putting up some admirable numbers (3-6-9) with a +7 rating in 48 KHL games for the big, mostly stay at home blue liner.
In his first season overseas, he didn’t exactly put up any stats to speak of but was still an overall +12 for Frolunda Indians and helped them win the 2016 SHL title and the Champions Hockey League Championship tourney.
The 28-year old has 16 NHL (2 goals, 1 assist), 264 AHL, 108 NCAA with St. Cloud State University and now 79 in the top Russian league that will likely hit 100 games before the season is done, so he’s had a pretty good ride and when it’s time to wind it down a few years in Metal Ligaen might not even suck.
Undrafted 3rd year net minder C.J. Motte(30) signed for a 2nd term with Quad City Mallards but was recently loaned up for a 2nd time in 2 years to Chicago Wolves, where in three AHL games he’s putting up a strong performance of a 1-1-1 record with a 2.30 GAA and .922 SV%.
The 6′ 190 lbs. goalie was also very successful in a pair of contests with Charlotte Checkers last season.
In his first appearance he came in and shut the door through one period of play, which set up his first start, a 31-save victory.
He left with an outstanding 1-0 record with a .75 GAA and .976 SV% but was sent back down to the ECHL.
Through 80 games he owns a 35-35-3-1 mark.
The 25-year old has an opportunity to possibly establish himself in the higher league but may need a little luck and vote of confidence from the coaches.
Edmonton Oilers‘ 11th year rare French-born defenseman Yohann Auvitu(81) is getting his full shot at a permanent role in the NHL after playing 25 games under contract to New Jersey Devils last season.
Signed to a one-year one-way deal a week and a half into unrestricted free agency, he definitely played well enough that they saw something.
He scored 2 goals and 2 assists with a +1 rating and only 2 penalty minutes as a first year player in North America and also did decently in the minors for Albany Devils scoring 5 goals and 8 assists in 29 AHL games.
The 5’11” 187 lbs. blue liner came in with 9 years of experience in Finland’s top two leagues Liiga & Mestis, and even played in his home country’s Ligue Magnus as a 17 and 18-year old.
He’s played 10 games in the current calendar and has a goal and 3 assists with a +2, so the 28-year old seems to be right on track for an extension.