ALLEN, TX – There was little doubt when observing the Allen Americans practice yesterday that there was a different look and feel. The tryout players were all gone, Greger Hanson, Kyle Neuber, Eric Roy, Travis Brown and Chris Crane were back and the competition for opening night playing time was in full swing. This team is loaded with talent but the old adage of hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard will be a difference maker, even in practice.
Dyson Stevenson was at the rink but in street clothes after being injured in a preseason game in San Jose. I would not expect Stevenson to be ready for the home opener on Saturday.
Tanner Eberle was released by San Jose and returned to Allen last night. He will be at practice today.
While additional players will be assigned to Allen in the near future, it is unlikely any more players will be assigned this week. With the addition of Eberle, there are now 20 players on the roster.
One of many things coach Steve Martinson will be deciding this week is line combinations for opening night. The lines at practice yesterday were King-Kerbashian-Steffes, Costello-Crane-LaFontaine, Hanson-Asuchak-Neuber. With Eberle returning today, you might see him with Costello and Crane and LaFontaine with Hanson and Asuchak. It is always nice to have a tough guy with Costello and Eberle fits the bill. One thing is clear and that is, however, the lines end up all three will be scoring threats.
– Defenseman Travis Brown may be a new name to Allen fans. He was a fifth-round draft choice of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2012 NHL draft. Brown is described in scouting reports as a balanced defenseman who combines puck moving ability with a 6’2″ frame and commitment to the physical game. He skates very well and has good mobility in all directions. When the puck is on his stick, he can make safe plays on the breakout as well as get his shot through on the offensive end. He played in Brampton last season.
Check out some photos of yesterday’s camp session by The Sin Bin’s Dianne Webster:
DID YOU KNOW: In a move that caught many by surprise the Allen Americans traded Trevor Ludwig to the Missouri Mavericks for forward Tristan King. With the trade the four players that were in Allen for all three championships (Brian McMillin, Jamie Schaafsma, Trevor & Tyler Ludwig) are now gone.