NHL training camps are off and running, with young players trying to earn attention and playing time across the league. While many of them may end up back on minor league rosters, some will manage to break camp in the NHL. With those battles in mind, AHL teams are still figuring out how to fill their rosters and as always, we’ll keep track of all the notable transactions right here.
- The Cleveland Monsters have signed Jake Slaker and Zach Jordan to AHL contracts for the upcoming season. Slaker, 25, spent last season with the Texas Stars after coming out of the University of Michigan and registered 12 points in 27 games. The undrafted center had 104 points in his 147-game NCAA career, but will be hard-pressed to keep up that kind of scoring pace at the professional level. Jordan meanwhile was. with the Monsters last season, scoring six points in 27 games. He’ll be back to try and improve on those numbers in his second season of pro hockey.
- Xavier Bouchard, a sixth-round pick of the Vegas Golden Knights who never signed, has inked an AHL deal with the Milwaukee Admirals for the upcoming season. The 21-year-old defenseman had 24 points in 39 games during his final year of junior, suiting up for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL.
- The Hartford Wolf Pack have added Cristiano DiGiacinto and Mike O’Leary on AHL deals, the latter returning to the team after playing 16 games with them last season. O’Leary, 23, scored just three points in those games, but will get another chance to prove the skill he showcased at Notre Dame can be carried over to the AHL level. DiGiacinto meanwhile is coming from the Canadian college level, spending four years with Acadia University after winning a Memorial Cup in 2017 with the Windsor Spitfires. The 25-year-old does actually have some pro experience already, having played 12 games with the Jacksonville Icemen of the ECHL before deciding to go back to school.
- The Columbus Blue Jackets today added goalie Evan Moyse to their training camp roster on a try-out deal. Moyse will play his first full professional season of hockey this year with the ECHL’s Kansas City Mavericks after playing just six games over four years with Ohio State University.
- After going undrafted in 2021, forward Lorenzo Canonica has signed an amateur try-out with the Los Angeles Kings. The newly 18-year-old native of Switzerland had 16 points in 24 games with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL last year, which is where he’ll be returning to in 2021-22.
This page will be updated as further transactions are reported