The Mallards signed Mason Bohlinger, Patrick McCadden, and Mike Baird to tryout agreements as training camp begins. Bohlinger is a rookie, coming from Davenport University in Michigan. McCadden and Baird each were rookies in the SPHL last year. You can read the full press release here. I’d be surprised if any of these three made the team. More likely they would be potentially be called up if the Mallards had an immediate need for a player.
The Mallards have 19 players under contract. As the AHL training camps wind down the Iowa Wild will very likely send a few players to the Mallards. It’s also possible that other AHL teams could send players to the Mallards. The Mallards are in a very different situation in this regard from last year. Other than a couple rehab games, the Mallards did not have players sent to them by Iowa or other AHL teams. Now that they are a primary affiliate I expect there to be a lot more roster movement between the Mallards and the AHL.
Other recent news:
- The Mallards traded Joe Perry to the Alaska Aces for Olivier Archambault. Last season Archambault played 38 games for the Aces and 24 games for the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League. Perry was the Mallards’ leading scorer and also played six games with Iowa. It’s kind of rare to see a leading scorer traded, but both are fairly equal talents. However, Archambault is 4 years younger than Perry (22 versus 26). According to the press release, Terry Ruskowski says that Iowa really liked Archambault as a prospect.
- I got to see some of the renovations to the inside of the i wireless Center. In addition to the new ticket office and bathroom, a new space was added to the concourse. Green Tree Brewery will be in that space. Green Tree Brewery is owned by long time Mallards’ team dentist Richard Day. There is also an outdoor seating area as part of that space. Another detail I learned about the renovations is that the lamps that light the ice were replaced. The new lights and brighter and can turn on and off instantly. The old lights needed a couple minutes to warm up.
- The Mallards’ full training camp schedule is in this press release.