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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Aeros returning for 2011-12

Here is a quick look at a group of players that will definitely be with the Aeros come opening night:


Defense (8):
Jeff Penner
Drew Bagnall
Sam Lofquist
Justin Falk
Tyler Cuma
Kris Fredheim (AHL deal)
Kyle Medvec
Nate Prosser

Forwards (11):
Carson McMillan
Jeff Taffe
Kris Foucault
Jon DiSalvatore
Chad Rau
Jarrod Palmer
Jed Ortmeyer
Warren Peters
Matt Kassian
Joel Broda
David MacIntyre
Cody Almond

Goalies (2):
Matt Hackett
Darcy Kuemper

This following is a group that will likely see time with the Wild. Some, of course, more than others.

WILD (4):
Marco Scandella
Casey Wellman
Colton Gillies
Jared Spurgeon

And these players are categorized accordingly:

Europe (1):
Dennis Endras

Back to Juniors (2):
Brett Bulmer, Colton Jobke

Free Agents (4):
Patrick O'Sullivan, Scott Campbell, Robbie Earl, Pascal Morency

Already Gone (5):
Jamie Fraser, Max Noreau, Brandon Buck, JM Daoust, Josh Tordjman


artandhockey said...

Better than expexcted.. some stalwarts are with us again: Ortmeyer, Peters, etc.

Forecheck said...

Awfull confident on the definitely, aren't we?

Pleasantly surprised to see Orts on the list. He's the FA I would most like to see return (Earl is a close second - - please re-sign, please re-sign, please...). I thought for sure Orts would be in Europe next season, along with Sully (whom I am not shedding too many tears over given his playoff performance, and general soft play).

I think Gillies, Spurgeon, and Scandella will be with the Wild all season. The do have to re-sign Gillies though. But he will be in the NHL somewhere.

What about Johan Larsson? I'm not holding my breath.

Why Europe for Endras? And who the devil is Lofquist?

Drew, we'd appreciate an update on all the affiliation changes. Yotes with Portland? Good grief, that's some travelling! Also what about Division/ Conference re-alignment with St John's now in the League? They can't be serious about them playing in the Western Conference...

Forecheck said...

On second thought, are you sure Falk and Kass will be back? Looks like both of them were in the doghouse at the end of the season, though in Falk's case it was more Richards' dog house - - and he's no longer around.

ICEVET said...

Tyler Cuma could be a big factor in the Team's success, if he can stay healthy.

Beset with untimely injuries during most of his (brief) career, Cuma gives the Aeros significant talent and two-way flexibility on the blue-line.

Go Aeros!

artandhockey said...

Sam Lofquist, Defense
Born Mar 15 1990,Somerset, WI
Height 6.02, Weight 205,Shoots R, Univ. of Minnesota, Guelph Storm, played 1 game with Aeros. Not averse to fighting.
Rampage and Panthers affiliation also new.
Re Larson.. have not seen much about - some rumor he may stay in Europe.