Coming off a 1-2 start to their title defense, Allen Americans coach Steve Martinson wasted no time in making moves Monday, trading Kevin Young to the Reading Royals for Jonathan Parker.
In a phone conversation with The Sin Bin, Americans head coach Steve Martinson explained the reasoning for today’s moves.
“In my experience, teams have a small window to make significant changes. The longer you wait, value and availability of players may change. It’s better to do it now.”
Martinson noted that in the same time frame last season, he made 10 moves, and won the Kelly Cup championship.
Last season with the Americans, Young was a stalwart and a great puck distributor on the blueline, scoring 44 points (8G, 36A) in the regular season, while adding 12 assists in 25 Kelly Cup playoff games.
Young took to Twitter to thank fans after the news was released:
Thank you 2 the fans and players I went to battle with. In this hockey world nothing is ever certain. Very shocked and sad to be leaving.
— Kevin Young (@Kaywhy43) October 19, 2015
Joining the defending Kelly Cup champs is forward Jonathan Parker, who signed in Reading as a free agent over the summer. Parker played in 29 games for the Colorado Eagles and Indy Fuel last season, collecting 26 points (10G, 16A). So far this season, Parker collected points in both games he played in.
“I saw him in San Jose camp. He’s strong on the puck and physical,” Martinson said. “He looked like a guy who would fit in the system.”
In lessor move, the Americans acquired J.P. LaFontaine from the Toledo Walleye for future considerations. He played his college hockey at University of Minnesota Mankato where he had 40 points, including 20 goals, in 41 games in the 2013-14 season. He is the nephew of former NHL great Pat Lafontaine.
Speaking about LaFontaine, Martinson said the rookie would add depth to the forward corps, and can play in different positions with different people.
In the final move of the day, the Americans released defenseman/forward Kyle Follmer.
The Americans will travel to Loveland, CO to play the Colorado Eagles Wednesday night, while the Reading Royals will play a home-and-home with the Elmira Jackals this Friday and Saturday nights.