The opening of the week has brought some big news into the NHL cycle, a rarity for this late in August. With the New York Islanders signing all of Noah Dobson, Alexander Romanov, and Kieffer Bellows today, Islander fans can rest easy knowing some important young players are guaranteed to show up for training camp on time. However, there are many other destinations in the hockey world worth paying attention to, and we’ll keep track of those non-NHL transactions today right here.
- The Charlotte Checkers have signed forward Ethan Keppen to a one-year AHL contract, bringing him into the Florida Panthers system after going undrafted. Keppen was originally a 2019 fourth-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks, but the team elected not to sign him to an NHL contract after two separate AHL stints over the past two seasons. He’ll head to Charlotte with his exclusive NHL rights having expired, where he’ll look to make an impact after scoring 23 goals and 40 points in 42 games last season with the OHL’s Flint Firebirds.
- The Hershey Bears today have signed forwards Ryan Scarfo and Alexandre Fortin to AHL contracts for the 2022-23 season. Scarfo, a 28-year-old minor hockey veteran, had a career-best 12 points in 63 games last season with the Rochester Americans. He’ll try and stay on the Bears roster, but could be a candidate for designation to the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays. Fortin, 25, has 24 games of NHL experience that came in 2018-19 with the Chicago Blackhawks. Last season, Fortin had nine points in 34 games with the Laval Rocket and 13 points in just 12 games with the ECHL’s Trois-Rivieres Lions.
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