WICHITA, KS – Wichita Thunder head coach Malcolm Cameron will have some more tough decisions to make in the coming days.
On Monday, the Thunder announced a pair of roster moves.
Nick Trecapelli has been signed to a contract for the coming season after being released from his tryout with the Binghamton Senators. A native of Guelph, Ontario the 6-foot-2, 216-pound defenseman appeared in seven games last season for the Senators and also played two games for the Evansville IceMen. Prior to turning pro, Trecapelli played a four-year career for the University of Guelph where he tallied 65 points (12g, 53a) in 101 games.
Miles Koules is also back with the Thunder for his first full season with the squad. The speedy forward was recently released from his tryout with the Ontario Reign. The 22-year-old was acquired by the Thunder in March of last season and quickly added punch to the offensive corps, tallying 13 points (4g, 9a) in 15 games for Wichita.
If those moves weren’t enough, more reinforcements are coming, including an ECHL all-star from the 2015 season.
The Binghamton Senators announced Monday afternoon that forward Alex Krushelnyski has been assigned to the Thunder and will be on the opening night roster. He has spent the last two seasons with the Utah Grizzlies, where he tallied up 117 points (42G, 75A) in 130 games. Last season, Krushelnyski finished with 60 points (25G, 35A) in 68 games on a Grizzlies team that went into the second round of the Kelly Cup playoffs.
The addition of Krushelnyski maybe the crown jewel of the offseason, which has seen Cameron bring in offensive players like Louick Marcotte, Alexis Loiseau, Jack Rodewell (still in Binghamton,) Mitch Holmberg, Blake Tatchell and Vincent Arseneau. If everything comes together just right, it is possible Krushelnyski could have a 70-plus point season.
The debate in net is also done. The B-Sens also announced Monday the team is sending down goalie Scott Greenham to Wichita, where he will be the opening night starter. Last season with Evansville, Greenham went 11-9-3 with a 2.78 goals against average and a .920 save percentage. His numbers improved when he got to Binghamton, but the portfolio was much smaller. There, he went 3-1-0 in 6 games, sporting a .928 save percentage and 2.19 goals against average. The netminder combination of Greenham and Drew Owsley should be the tandem for the season in Wichita, barring injuries above.
The Thunder must submit their opening night roster by Wednesday at 3 pm Eastern time and will open their 25th season this Saturday night against the Tulsa Oilers at 7:05 pm.