As most of you already know, Aeros camp started today with physicals this morning and ice time this afternoon until 3.
The team will continue to practice through Friday from 9:30-12:30 daily and practices are open to the public. If you have the time, it's pretty interesting to watch the guys run drills and just do their thing outside of a game situation. Plus... it's hockey!
We haven't gotten a camp roster from the team yet (hint hint) but I just got this hit that a couple of Laredo Bucks are in town for camp. Maxime Lincourt and Josef Fojtik. Seeing as how I finally had to learn to spell "Dubielewicz" today, Fojtik there just kinda blew my mind. It's not hard to do.
Anyway, here's the press release about those guys.
UPDATED: And here's the press release about the three Texas Brahmas who are attending camp: D Justin Kinnunen, D Derek Merlini, and G Brett Jaeger (who I discuss a bit more below).
Also, adding to this are a couple of guys Andrew mentioned a while back. D Ryan Gunderson, who had off the chain assist numbers last season in the ECHL (5 G, 53 A) has signed an AHL/ECHL contract with the Aeros.
And in on a tryout is F Matt Fornataro, who had 25 points with Worcester last season.
2nd UPDATE: And since one Maxime just isn't enough, the Aeros have also brought in F Maxime Boisclair from the Corpus Christi IceRays for a tryout.
Also in camp are suspects either you're already familiar with or we've listed on the roster:
G Barry Brust, LW Brandon Buck, LW Jon DiSalvatore, D Jamie Fraser, C Brian Kaufman, C Morten Madsen, RW Carson McMillan, D Maxim Noreau, D J.P. Testwuide, C Peter Zingoni, D Ryan Lannon, D Brandon Rogers and D Clayton Stoner.
As mentioned above, joining Brusty at the other end of the ice is Brett Jaeger, whose Brahmas won the CHL championship last season. He's got great numbers through most of his career and signed for another year with Texas this summer, so hopefully having him on the radar will prevent the goalie carousel the team went round and round on late last season should they need to call someone up.
Others remain with the Wild. Khudobin has played 60 good minutes of pre-season action for the Wild, and Kassian, Irmen, Falk, and other Aeros have been getting quality minutes of their own with the big boys. All have been playing quite well from what I understand, but they will start to trickle down to Houston over the next couple of weeks until the Wild have to make some hard decisions, particularly on defense.
Also, someone asked me about the waiver situation when guys are reassigned from Minnesota to Houston. Aren't the Wild at risk for losing those guys? Well, not really, as Russo explains very nicely here. Knowledge is power.