It is always fun tracking the progress of Allen Americans players that have moved on from Allen and continue to succeed. I am sure by now most of you have heard that Spencer Asuchak scored a goal in his first game in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues as his team beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 in a split squad preseason game that took place in St. Louis. Spencer not only scored a goal but led the team in hits with three and was a +1 in the 9:26 ice time he had in the game.
He also got a shout out from coach Ken Hitchcock who had this to say in his post game press conference, “I like some of the guys we brought in like Caron and Asuchak, they did a heck of a job.”
This morning St. Louis released six players to their junior clubs and now have 55 guys in camp.
– Aaron Dell is still in camp with the San Jose Sharks. As of this morning, they still have five goalies in camp. With the AHL San Jose Barracuda starting camp in a few days look for some of the goalies to be assigned to the AHL team.
Allen coach Steve Martinson will be leaving Sunday and spend next week at the San Jose Barracuda training camp where he will have a chance to see the players during practice and at a preseason game on Thursday. When he returns to Allen on Friday (October 2nd) he will have a good idea on the players that will be assigned to Allen by San Jose.
– Last I heard there will be five players signed by Allen that will be attending the San Jose Barracuda camp. It is a great opportunity for these players. Gary Steffes, Greger Hanson, Justin Baker, Dyson Stevenson and David Makowski should be at the Barracuda camp if all goes as planned. Throw in players that were in Allen last year that are under contract to San Jose (Chris Crane, Vincent Arseneau, Mike DiPaolo, Aaron Dell & Joel Rumpel) and it is evident what a strong roster Allen could have this year.
Had a question about where Jack Combs will be playing this season. Jack signed a one way contract with the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) and will be starting camp with them. If Jack doesn’t make the final roster in Hartford my understanding of the rules, since he has a one way contract, is he could then sign with any ECHL team. Bottom line, it is possible he could return to Allen but a lot would have to happen to make that a reality.
– Colton Yellow Horn continues to led his league in scoring. He is playing in the Austria league this year and has nine points (5 goals 4 assists) in the first four games and leads the scoring race by three points. Colton’s team is in first place in the 12 team league.
– Brian McMillin has gotten off to a great start with his team in France (Dijon). In three games Brian has four points (1 goal 3 assists).
– Alex Lavoie was traded yesterday from the Atlanta Gladiators to the Indy Fuel for “future considerations.”
– The Americans will announce another player signing this evening.
– The ECHL has a series they call “Behind the Bench” where they highlight the league coaches. Today’s article is about Steve Martinson. It is a great article but my count shows Martinson played professionally for 14 years as opposed to 12 in the ECHL story and he has coached for 19 years (nine championships) rather than the 16 years cited in the story.
DID YOU KNOW: Allen led the ECHL in penalty minutes last season with 1644 with Brett Lyon leading the team with 256 minutes. In 1985-1986 the Hershey Bears led the AHL in penalty minutes with 2849 minutes. Steve Martinson led the team with 432 penalty minutes. Hershey had three players with over 300 penalty minutes that year. How times have changed.