No additional Sound Tigers on the PlanetUSA team. By the numbers, not a stunner. None of Bridgeport’s top-three eligible forwards has 20 points, which is the lowest total for a PUSA forward, and even those three are Gerbe (voted a starter with some NHL time holding the numbers down), Mink (captain) and Fritsche (Syracuse’s lone pick).
Conceivable, of course, that one might be an injury replacement if everything falls right for them in the next three weeks.
No Connecticut natives. For Hartford, Bobby Sanguinetti joins Corey Locke, though they’ll face each other. Patrick Rissmiller represents Grand Rapids.
Edit: Victor Bartley was picked for the ECHL’s National Conference All-Star team, as were Ryan Kinasewich (voted a starter) and A.J. Perry. Defenseman Brendan Milnamow of Wilton is also on the team, representing Idaho as a rookie.
Bonus trivia: Mark Katic may get to wear his number at the All-Star Game, even though he’s a rookie: No one else in the AHL wears No. 71. But he’s the fourth Sound Tiger to have worn it in the past four seasons. Remember the other three? (I’d already forgotten two. Embarrassing.)
I’ll toss up answers to the weekend’s quiz sometime tonight or tomorrow. Edit: like this, maybe.
Randomly noted balance: Manchester has the seventh-most goals in the league… and doesn’t have a skater with more than 20 points.
A few of these were covered in yesterday’s chat, but here goes, anyway:
We should know more specifics on Jeremy Reich by tomorrow. Doesn’t look good, though. Greg Moore sat out his second day in a row of practice today, under the weather.
Chris Botta has an impeccable source telling him Kirill Petrov isn’t coming to America this year. Meanwhile, Anton sighting (literally). He was, though, a minus-1 in Tuesday’s loss to Sweden. The United States and Canada play Friday for one bye.
Brief BST goalie Tobias Stephan was one of three goalies named to the Swiss Olympic team. He joins Mark Streit and Hartford’s Andres Ambuhl. Former Beast of New Haven forward Herberts Vasiljevs is on Latvia’s roster; maybe he’ll see the Czech Republic’s Filip Kuba there. Former Rangers/Wolf Pack centerman Jarkko Immonen made Finland’s roster; former Packer John Tripp is one of the more-familiar names for Germany.
Kurtis McLean scored, but Canada’s out of the Spengler Cup, anyway.
Dan Tepfer has an OMG moment with Chase customer service.
Interesting point out of Variety on Marginal Revolution.
And RIP, Percy Sutton.