The NHL season is underway and at the top level teams are keeping busy merely by swapping players between the active roster and taxi squad. However, with AHL training camps starting up, there has also been a flurry of activity from the lower levels. There also continue to be players making the move overseas, by both signing and loan. Keep up with all of the action right here:
- Joel Lowry, older brother of Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry, has decided to take his talents overseas. The 29-year-old winger has signed with the Iserlohn Roosters of the DEL after spending the last several seasons in the AHL. Last year, he scored eight goals and 27 points for the Springfield Thunderbirds but was not re-signed by the Florida Panthers and became an unrestricted free agent.
- An ex-Jets prospect is also on the move, as Michael Spacek terminated his contract with Tappara of the Finnish Liiga. The 23-year-old Spacek had 13 points in 18 games with the team this season but is heading back to the Czech Republic. A fourth-round pick of the Jets in 2015, he became an unrestricted free agent when the team decided not to issue him a qualifying offer this offseason. Last year, he had nine goals and 20 points in 45 games for the Manitoba Moose.
- Pavel Dorofeyev, who was selected in the third round by the Vegas Golden Knights in 2019, has terminated his contract with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL. Though nothing has been officially announced, Dorofeyev is expected to sign with the Golden Knights and continue his playing career in North America. The 20-year-old winger had 17 points in 36 games while playing for Chelyabinsk’s VHL (minor league) team this season.
- Calgary Flames prospect Ryan Francis has been traded in the QMJHL. A 2020 fifth-round pick, who many foresaw going earlier in the draft, Francis has been dealt by the Cape Breton Eagles to the Saint John Sea Dogs, the team announced. The return for Francis and a 2021 sixth-round pick is fellow forward Dawson Stairs, a 2023 first- and second-round pick, and a 2022 sixth-round pick. Francis was a top-five scorer for the Eagles last season and early on this year and should be a major difference-maker for the Sea Dogs when the league returns to action.