Worcester Railers‘ rookie right wing Wade Murphy(12) scores the first goal in franchise history at the 10:13 mark of the first period to open the scoring in a 4-3 hometown team win in front of 12,135 at the DCU Center over rivals Manchester Monarchs.
He started his pro career on an ato with the opponents late last season after a pair of campaigns at Arizona State University and University Of North Dakota scoring 2 goals and 4 assists in 14 ECHL games.
The 6′ 190 lbs. forward was a Nashville Predators‘ 7th round pick in the 2013 draft (#185 overall) but never signed.
The almost 24-year old is off to a nice start with his new club.
After two seasons in draft team (4th round in 2013, #106 overall) New York Islanders‘ prospect system, goaltender Stephon Williams(35) failed to snag a qualifying offer to stay despite putting up some ok numbers.
He played 58 AHL games with affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers posting a 24-27-2 record with a 2.84 GAA and .899 SV%
The fairly large 6’3″ 195 lbs. net minder was assigned down on a couple of occasions to Kansas City Mavericks.
In 15 ECHL he had similar stats to what he posted in the higher league.
Through four years at Minnesota State University though, he was a feared backstop, twice winning the NCAA/WCHA Championship (2014 & 2015) and was also named goaltending champion for 2013 and 2015.
The 24-year old recently secured a new one-year deal to join San Jose Barracuda for 2016/2017 and should help them continue to excel.
11th year center Andrew Desjardins(11) was left without an offer to continue with Chicago Blackhawks.
He spent the last pair of seasons and later part of 2014/2015 with the team after a trade from original squad San Jose Sharks and skated 21 playoff games en route to the 2015 Stanley Cup Championship.
The 6’1″ 195 lbs. forward was offered a training camp invite by New York Rangers but was a late cut as the new season approached.
It didn’t take long for the agitating fourth liner to sign his first deal overseas joining Adler Mannheim of DEL.
He has always worked for every break he’s received, from his first contract with Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League to the next deal with Phoenix Roadrunners that lasted only 5 ECHL games before being loaned up to Worcester Sharks.
Known as a tough to play against instigator, he would sign a first big league contract towards the end of the 2009/2010 campaign, then split his time between the two leagues before being a full-time NHL player in 2011/2012 and has amassed 408 games.
The 31-year old will likely perform well in Germany’s top league and could spend a few seasons there before deciding to hang up the skates.
6th year left wing Mike Halmo(91) was a group 6 unrestricted free agent under contract with Tampa Bay Lightning for 2016/2017.
Without a new deal he leaves for new territory securing a late summer one-year agreement with HC Bolzano Foxes and is off to a solid start with a goal and two assists in 4 Erste Bank Eishockey Liga games to start the new season.
The hard-skating forward will likely surpass his AHL career high totals of 22 goals and 41 points from 2015/2016, while skating for Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
He spent the first four years of his pro career with New York Islanders, where as a sophomore player he played 20 games in the big league scoring his one and only NHL point, a goal.
The 26-year old may have left to pursue options overseas but he likely to be just getting started in Austria.
Undrafted 5th year left wing Turner Elson(15) was left unqualified for a 2nd time by Colorado Avalanche after signing a 1-year 2-way deal on opening day of unrestricted free agency.
He skated only 13 AHL games with affiliate San Antonio Rampage last season as he was fallen by a lower body injury for most of the campaign.
The 6′ 190 lbs. high energy player was left unsigned following his third year with original squad Calgary Flames, where he played in a career high 63 games with farm club Stockton Heat scoring a new best 16 assists and tying his 30 point mark.
He also earned his first game with the big club in 2015/2016 and got himself a helper.
As a rookie, he was reassigned further down to Alaska Aces for 18 ECHL games and was virtually a point-per-game performer, then continued to put up points in the playoffs en route to winning the 2014 Kelly Cup Championship.
Although the 25-year old was cut loose, he had no problem finding another suitor, securing a 1-year 2-way deal with Detroit Red Wings.
Sent to the minors a few days before the start of the new calendar, he got right to work with Grand Rapid Griffins and already has a goal and 4 assists in 2 appearances.
He’s letting his new team know he’s ready for more at the highest level.
9th year defenseman Victor Bartley(78) leaves North America for his second tour of Swedish pro hockey signing a one-year deal with Orebro HK of the SHL.
He last played in the 2nd tier league Allsvenskan in 2010/2011 before agreeing to an entry level contract with Nashville Predators to return.
The sturdy blue liner spent 5 campaigns with the club including two full seasons exclusively in the NHL.
He has never quite put up big numbers but is a steady presence in the defensive zone.
Under contract with Minnesota Wild last year, the 29-year old was unable to play even a single game because of a torn tricep injury requiring surgery and should be able to rebound and find a good spot with his new squad.
Small and speedy 6th year right wing Sven Andrighetto(10) is off to a fast start with new-ish squad Colorado Avalanche.
In 4 games he already has 3 goals and 1 assist, taking up where he left off after a deadline trade sent him from draft team Montreal Canadiens.
He finished 2016/2017 scoring 5 goals and 11 assists in 19 contests once he arrived in the mile high state, which added to new career high totals, 17 assists and 24 points in 46 NHL games.
His 7 tallies tied his mark set the previous campaign.
The offense outburst helped him secure a 2-year extension worth $1.4M AAV and a full-time spot on the big league roster.
At still only 24-years old, the Swiss winger is just getting started.
8th year right wing Jordan Caron(57) was an invite to Toronto Marlies‘ training camp in hopes of securing at least a minor league contract to stay on these shores.
It didn’t work out possibly the way the very nice-sized 6’2″ 209 lbs. forward was looking for, but a couple of weeks later looking outside the box he signs for 2017/2018 with Krefeld Pinguine, where he should be able to find success on the ice.
The former Boston Bruins‘ 1st round pick in the 2009 draft (#25 overall) has been under big league contracts for his entire time in pro hockey, played 157 NHL games (12-16-28) and 261 in the AHL (58-81-139).
Those stats may be under what a high selection should produce but we fully expect the ice to open up for him big in Germany’s top league, DEL.
10th year defenseman Michael Kostka(55) signed a try-out with SHL club Skelleftea AIK, his first foray into hockey overseas and was recently upped to a one-year deal for 2017/2018.
Up until last season, when he agreed to a 2nd year in Ottawa Senators‘ system, he had been on a series of short term contracts with big league clubs trying to find space to play but was mostly reassigned to a farm club.
The blue liner has played 517 AHL games scoring 50 goals and 217 assists with a +21 rating and a 2012 Calder Cup Championship with Norfolk Admirals.
He’s also appeared in 85 NHL games recording 4 goals and 17 assists for 5 different teams but the stat that jumps off the page is his +10 rating, which has been on the positive side ever since his initial recall in 2012/2013 with Toronto Maple Leafs.
The 31-year old could find himself dotting the scoresheet on a regular basis in Sweden’s top league and could very likely play out his time in the country.
12th year defenseman Danny Syvret(5) decides to hang up the skates after a pair of seasons in Germany last skating for Nurnberg Ice Tigers scoring 3 goals and 17 assists in 55 DEL games, then adding another 4 assists in 13 playoff matchups.
He has 644 AHL games to his credit and has been a part of 12 different clubs and had three straight 40+ point seasons but his best was a career high 12 goals and 45 assists with Philadelphia Phantoms in 2008/2009, the teams last year of existence.
The 32-year old former 2005 OHL and Memorial Cup Champion when he was with London Knights could easily transition into coaching if he decides to go that route.