Wolf Pack Training Camp Opens Saturday
Saturday September 19th 2009, 12:53 am

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 Ambühl, 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 College’s Koeppel Community Sports Center against the Worcester Sharks, at 7:00.

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    Kundratek would be welcomed back by the Medicine Hat Tigers and it would be better for his hopes of an NHL career if he reports.

    However at the same time he would not get paid other than his monthly stipend if he reports to Medicine Hat.

    Return to Europe and he can play for money and this is exactly the kind of situation that the European Hockey Federations point to. They for years have asked that NHL teams return those who do not make their teams.

    Expect the Rangers to eventually give in and let Kundratek return to Europe as if they do not and Kundratek refuses to report to Medicine Hat then his contract has to count against the 50 contract limit.

    Comment by Theprospectpark 09.19.09 @ 5:56 am



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