Thirty-eight players will take the ice at the XL Center in Hartford on Saturday when the Wolf Pack opens its 13th training camp in Connecticut’s capital.
The squad, consisting of 19 players under contract with the parent New York Rangers, seven players signed to AHL deals with the Pack, and 12 invitees unsigned by either club, will be split into two groups, with the first taking the ice at 9:00am for a 45 minute practice session. The two sides will scrimmage from 10:00-10:55, with the second group practicing from at 11:10 to noon. That schedule will be repeated on Sunday.
One of the few notable surprises on the list of training camp attendees is 2008 third round draft pick Tomas Kundratek, who was amongst the first round of cuts made by the Rangers on Thursday. Kundratek was expected to be assigned to his junior club, the Medicine Hat Tigers, but according to Leslie Treff of Hockey’s Future, he has instead been sent to Hartford’s camp out of concern he might head home to the Czech Republic if asked to report to Medicine Hat.
The full training camp roster is as follows:
Goal (2): Ryan Munce, Miika Wiikman
Defense (14): Mike Berube, Tysen Dowzak, Trevor Glass, Brent Henley, Sam Klassen, Tomas Kundratek, Luke Lucyk, Jared Nightingale, Sasha Pokulok, Michael Sauer, David Stich, David Urquhart, Steve Ward, Nigel Williams
Forwards (22): Andres AmbÃ¼hl, Tyler Arnason, Daniel Bartek, Dane Byers, Andrew Carroll, Jean-Philip Chabot, Chris Chappell, Derek Couture, Devin DiDiomete, Tyler Doig, Brodie Dupont, Ryan Garlock, Ryan Hillier, Dan LaCouture, Corey Locke, Matt Maccarone, Jordan Owens, Patrick Rissmiller, Matt Schepke, Justin Soryal, Dale Weise, Tomas Zaborsky
The Wolf Pack play their first (official) preseason game on Wednesday at Trinity Collegeâ€™s Koeppel Community Sports Center against the Worcester Sharks, at 7:00.
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