Monday, October 01, 2007

Making the cut

As teams make their final cuts, I'll try and detail some of the youngsters, newcomers and surprises on final rosters going into Wednesday's season opener:

Anaheim: Jonas Hiller, Ryan Carter, Bobby Ryan
Atlanta: Mark Popovic, Bryan Little, Brett Sterling, Tobias Enstrom
Boston: David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Glen Metropolit
Buffalo: Clarke MacArthur, Andrej Sekera

Calgary: Curtis McElhinney, Waren Peters, Mark Smith
Chicago: Adam Burish, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Magnus Johansson
Colorado: Tyler Weiman
Columbus: Kris Russell, Jared Boll, Steve Mason
Dallas: Brad Winchester, Matt Niskanen
Detroit: Aaron Downey, Matt Ellis, Derek Meech
Edmonton: Andrew Cogliano, Sam Gagner, Rob Nilsson, Kyle Brodziak
Los Angeles: Jonathan Bernier, Brady Murray, Jack Johnson
Minnesota: James Sheppard
Montreal: Carey Price, Mikhail Grabovski, Kyle Chipchura
Nashville: Dan Ellis
New Jersey: Mike Mottau, Nicklas Bergfors, Rod Pelley
N.Y. Islanders:
N.Y. Rangers: Marc Staal, Brandon Dubinsky, Stephen Valiquette
Ottawa: Nick Foligno, Luke Richardson, Brian Elliott
Pittsburgh: Adam Hall
St. Louis: Hannu Toivonen, Erik Johnson, Mike Johnson, David Perron
San Jose: Dimitri Patzold, Devin Setoguchi, Torrey Mitchell
Tampa Bay: Mike Lundin, Matt Smaby
Toronto: Anton Stahlman, Staffan Kronwall, Andy Wozniewski, Kris Newbury
Vancouver: Alex Edler, Brad Isbister, Mason Raymond, Nathan McIver

Thank you to everyone who is sending in updates.

work in progress


At 2:18 p.m., October 01, 2007, Blogger Jonathan said...

Scheck out TSN- Sam Gagner just signed with the Oilers. He's made the team, in all likelihood.

At 2:31 p.m., October 01, 2007, Anonymous Ehijo said...

David Perron (late 1st rounder this year) in St Louis.

At 2:33 p.m., October 01, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I don't know that Perron's made the team; the last I'd heard he was in a four-way battle for a final forward spot.

At 2:50 p.m., October 01, 2007, Anonymous Keith said...

If the Oilers keep Gagne up for more than nine games, they are fools. Give the kid the reward for having an outstanding camp, but if they burn a year of his deal for this year's Oilers, it would be a complete waste.

At 2:51 p.m., October 01, 2007, Blogger voxel said...

Andrew Cogliano was pencilled on a few days ago and just made it easier with his play against the Canucks.

At 4:28 p.m., October 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"if" the Oilers are fools?

At 4:29 p.m., October 01, 2007, Anonymous Dennis Prouse said...

I respectfully disagree regarding Gagner. I am neither an Oiler fan or an Oiler hater, so I think I can be objective. If you have a young guy who can come in and a) contribute, and b) "outperform" his rookie contract, you are foolish not to take him. I think the Kings are going through the same process with Bernier. I mean, if the kid is good enough to play, why send him back to junior where he really can't learn anything? Besides, if he doesn't play, someone else earning about the same money will play in his spot, and who probably won't be as good.

To hold the kid's development back a year just because you are afraid of "burning" a year of his entry level deal doesn't make any sense, especially when you consider that forward is the spot where it is easiest for a young guy to come in and make an immediate impact.

At 4:55 p.m., October 01, 2007, Blogger Tom L said...


Go ahead and add Andrej Sekerato the Buffalo list. the decision to keep 23 guys and have Rej on hand as opposed to in rochester playing 20 minutes a night is noteworthy.

Otherwise, as always, job well done.


At 5:23 p.m., October 01, 2007, Blogger International Sports Couch said...

Curtis McElhinney - Calgary Flames backup goalie

At 5:25 p.m., October 01, 2007, Blogger trbrown said...

Mason Raymond and Ryan Shannon are going to make the Canucks an interesting team to watch. Both players are going to provide a speed dynamic to the Canucks top lines which was sorely lacking last season. Shannon in particular is going to have an opportunity to play with very skilled players in the Canucks top-six and will get an excellent opportunity to prove that he deserves a spot in the NHL.

The forward battle within the Canucks will persist into the season. Don't forget that Jannik Hansen is back with the Moose only to rehab from a thumb injury which he suffered in the preseason. Prior to the injury, he was considered the most impressive prospect going into Vancouver's camp. I suspect that when he is ready, he will quickly be recalled to the Canucks. Raymond may be sent down if he doesn't perform, but if Ritchie, Isbister, or Shannon fail, they may be trade/waiver material.

Nathan McIver had an excellent preseason and has established himself as a legitimate NHL prospect for the Canucks. He beat Dan McGillis for the depth position.

At 5:36 p.m., October 01, 2007, Blogger Jonathan said...

I'm not sure if this counts as a surprise or not, but both Robert Nilsson and Kyle Brodziak will makebe on the roster on opening night.

At 6:01 p.m., October 01, 2007, Blogger Jonathan said...

Both Novotny and Boll are expected to crack the Columbus roster.

At 6:07 p.m., October 01, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Really looking for final confirmation on these things.

At 6:09 p.m., October 01, 2007, Anonymous Truth Serum said...

Add Jared Boll and Kris Russell to the Columbus roster. They assigned Brassard to Syracuse

At 6:19 p.m., October 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

James, which mike johnson is on the St. Louis roster?

At 6:23 p.m., October 01, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

The veteran NHLer who was in camp on a tryout with the Blues.

I'm still waiting on 100-per-cent confirmation that he's signed a deal, but with Cajanek waived, it seems that's the way they're going.

At 6:45 p.m., October 01, 2007, Anonymous Numbers Guy said...

>>if the kid is good enough to play, why send him back to junior where he really can't learn anything?

Because (a) you're only gaining a fourth or third liner (plus some special teams play), and they're relatively cheap to come by (b) you're losing a year on his contract in which he will be entering his prime (big, big cost), and (c) he can still learn plenty in junior: give him the chance to play at the World Juniors again... in all, bad decision to keep him up.

At 7:06 p.m., October 01, 2007, Blogger Jonathan said...

Numbers guy: about point (c), I think the Oilers are a little wary of sending Gagner back down because of what happened with Rob Schremp. Reports after his final year of junior indicated little development in the most neccessary areas of his game: strength, conditioning, defensive play. The Knights were more worried about winning than player development.

At 7:32 p.m., October 01, 2007, Anonymous K24 said...

Brandon Dubinsky also made the Rangers.

At 8:15 p.m., October 01, 2007, Anonymous Nael said...

Sharks website reports that Devin Setoguchi and Torrey Mitchell join Patzold on SJ's roster (it's in the middle of the page after the Nabokov bit).

At 8:19 p.m., October 01, 2007, Blogger KlingonHockey said...

Regarding Gagner, according to TSN they can play him 41 games before they burn a year. The ten game thing is the limit before they send him down.

They could play him at home where they have last change and are able to keep him away from the Sakics and Sedins easier. Also, it would keep him away from the grueling travel schedule.

So he hits UFA at 26 instead of 27. Oh well. A lot of these contract extensions are signed the year prior to UFA and last 5 years, taking players deep into unrestricted free agency anyway.

At 8:22 p.m., October 01, 2007, Blogger Sean said...

Matt Corrente was sent back to juniors.

At 8:29 p.m., October 01, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Thanks Sean - I just saw he was on their roster this afternoon and figured they'd finalized it.

At 8:45 p.m., October 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nicklas Backstrom and Dave Steckel look to be Washington's rookies at this point, though they still need to make one last cut. Steckel has earned a spot with his PK & faceoff ability, odds are.

At 9:47 p.m., October 01, 2007, Anonymous Truth Serum said...

Steve Mason is still on the Blue Jackets roster. Both Leclaire and Norrena are nursing injuries, so the team is keeping the goalie for the time being. Odds are good that he will head back to London.

At 9:49 p.m., October 01, 2007, Anonymous Kevin Forbes said...


Read MacKenzie's column again. After 10 games, the first year of the three-year deal that Gagner signed will be used up. So if they send him back after nine games, he still would have three years left on his contract. Edmonton can send Gagner down at any time, however, after he plays his 10th game, they essentially cut a year off his contract so sending a player down past the 10 game mark is rare.

The 41 games is in regards to free agent eligibility under the new CBA. If Gagner plays past 41 games, it counts in the accrued seasons that you are talking about in regards to free agency.

At 8:00 a.m., October 02, 2007, Blogger ninja said...

James, what do you know about this Sterling kid? Seems like he's got a plumb assignment alongside Hossa in Atlanta.

At 8:01 a.m., October 02, 2007, Blogger WufPirate said...

Ryan Bayda made the Hurricanes roster.

At 6:00 p.m., October 02, 2007, Blogger Jonathan said...

The Oilers have sent down Smid and Stortini which means that the number 9 defenceman heading into camp, Tom Gilbert, has made the opening night roster. MacTavish is quoted as saying he'll play third pairing with Dick Tarnstrom.


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