News and notes from around the NHL this evening:
- The Colorado Avalanche have recalled top prospect Mikko Rantanen from the San Antonio Rampage today. The Colorado first round draft pick—10th overall in 2015—dominated in San Antonio last year, scoring 24G and 36A in 52 games. The Avs called him up for nine games last season but the Finn failed to score a point. Rantanen was set to make the Colorado roster out of training camp but he suffered an ankle injury that has kept him out since mid-September. The team sent him down to San Antonio for a conditioning stint last week, and believe he is now ready to contribute. In his four games with the AHL club this year he registered two assists.
- The Vancouver Canucks called up two players today from the Utica Comets: forward Jayson Megna and defenseman Troy Stecher. Megna was an undrafted free agent who has played for the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers before signing with the Canucks this season. The 26 year-old American has always put up decent numbers in the AHL but has not translated that into a permanent spot in the NHL. Stecher is another undrafted free agent, and played three years for the University of North Dakota in the NCAA before signing with the Canucks last April.
- The Buffalo Sabres have called up goaltender Linus Ullmark from the Rochester Americans (Amerks) today, per the team’s twitter account. Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports that Robin Lehner is sick and that Anders Nilsson will get the start tomorrow. The Sabres needed a goalie for practice this morning and had to use 40 year-old goaltending coach Andrew Allen. Ullmark is currently sporting a 2.75GAA and a .926 SV% in 4 games with the Amerks. Last season Ullmark was called on to start 20 games after both Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson suffered injuries, and performed modestly with a 2.60GAA and a .913SV%. Ullmark hopes to take the backup position away from Anders Nilsson at some point.
- Team USA’s Women’s National Team (USWNT) has added Amanda Pelkey to their lineup for the Four Nations Tournament in Finland this November. Pelkey replaces Amanda Kessel who is out with a lower body injury. The former University of Vermont phenom currently has 2G and 1A in 4 games for the NWHL’s Boston Pride, and was recently named the player of the week.