On a day that featured a record number of waiver placements, a long list of training camp cuts, and several NHL signings, anything else may seem especially “minor”. However, other transactions are still being made both at the NHL level and elsewhere. As the AHL eyes its return early next month, those roster have begun to get some extra attention, while action (and inaction) at the junior level continues to result in moves regarding NHL prospects. Here are the notable moves made today:
- The Florida Panthers have finally recalled first-year pro prospect Alec Rauhauser from his overseas loan. The Bowling Green product signed with Florida back in March, but made his pro debut this season in Hungary of all places with DVTK Jegesmedvek of the Slovakian Extraliga. The Panthers opted not to invite Rauhauser to NHL training camp and to instead leave him in Europe. However, after 22 games with DVTK, Rauhauser is headed home. The club announced that the big defenseman has been assigned to the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, the affiliate that the Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning will share this season.
- Rauhauser’s DVTK teammate Haralds Egle is also on the move to the AHL, per the same announcement. The former Clarkson standout scorer had signed with the Manitoba Moose in April and was also on loan in Hungary. The parent club of the Moose, the Winnipeg Jets, will certainly be keeping a close eye on Egle in his first pro season, as the skilled winger was one of the top-scoring players in the NCAA over the past two seasons.
- Chad Yetman will get a shot with the Chicago Blackhawks organization this season just months after being drafted. A sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the overage forward has signed an AHL contract with the Rockford Ice Hogs for the coming campaign, the team announced. A prolific scorer with the OHL’s Erie Otters in 2019-20, Yetman is coming off a 43-goal, 74-point season to wrap up his junior career and hoping that ability translates to the pro game.
- Another 2020 draft pick, Minnesota Wild fifth-rounder Pavel Novak, is also on the move. Only this is somewhat of a promotion within a loan, rather than something simple like a signing. Novak’s junior club, the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets, have announced that he has been loaned to Motor Ceske Budejovice of the Czech Extraliga. The Czech native had already been playing with HC Stadion Litomerice on loan from Kelowna, but has been promoted from the second-tier team to the top club, technically necessitating a second loan. With the WHL looking to return for a shortened season later next month, Novak may still be on the move yet again this season.