It’s now September and teams are still filling out their organization depth charts as they wait on the restricted free agent market to heat up. With moves being made daily in the minor, professional, collegiate and European leagues, we’ll keep track of all the notable ones right here. Check back often for an updated list:
- Conner Bleackley’s career has taken another turn, this time towards the Idaho Steelheads organization. Originally selected 23rd overall in 2014, Bleackley never signed with the Colorado Avalanche and instead re-entered the draft in 2016 where he was taken by the St. Louis Blues. After a few unsuccessful seasons on his entry-level contract, the Blues decided not to issue Bleackley a qualifying offer this summer making him an unrestricted free agent. He’ll join the ECHL’s Steelheads for 2019-20.
- If you want to bring a Kelly Cup championship to your ECHL team, why not take a chance on Shawn St. Amant. The 22-year old forward has already won two ECHL championships with the Colorado Eagles in his young professional career, and spent most of last season with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack. The Fort Wayne Komets have agreed to terms with St. Amant for the 2019-20 season.
- The New York Rangers will have another goaltender in training camp later this month, as Francois Brassard has been added on a tryout. The 25-year old made his ECHL debut last year after spending three years at Carleton University, and posted a .917 save percentage in six games with the Maine Mariners. Brassard was a sixth-round pick by the Ottawa Senators in 2012 but never signed.