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Thursday, September 29, 2011

On the road to OKC

Tomorrow is the first of two road preseason games for the Aeros. Friday, it looks like the young guns are going to carry the bulk of the lead against the Barons. And according to the Aeros' Pilot to Gunner Blog, the vets will get their crack at the Stars on Sunday in Cedar Park. The following is a quick look at how the lineup will look tonight. This is from Pilot to Gunner; they've changed their look, and if you don't follow them already, you should.

Kris Foucault – Chad Rau – Justin Fontaine
Greg Stewart – Carson McMillan – Mike Kramer
Matt Marquardt – David McIntyre – Mike Bartlett
Mike Hoffman – Joel Broda – J.P. Martignetti
Extra Forward: Aaron Boogaard

Chay Genoway – Kris Fredheim
Kyle Medvec – Sam Lofquist
Jamie Fritsch – Wes O’Neill
Extra D: Tyson Dowzak

Goalies are Darcy Kuemper and Dennis Endras

I had a nice 15-minute sit down with Aeros coach John Torchetti after practice Wednesday. He is ready to go, and has been ready to go since the rookie camp. Then he got MORE ready to go after Traverse City, Then he got ...well, you get the idea. 

He said right now it is hard because the guys get two preseason games and then they have to wait a week before they play another game. Then they have to wait another week to play yet again. The AHL slate is like that just about every year, so it's not a surprise to see so few games early on. But when you are itching to get things going and wanting to see what you've got to work with, I can understand the (good) anxiety. 

We also talked a little about when the team would make its first cuts and how many players he'd like to have for Game 1. He was understandably vague on those fronts, and he said right now there was still no news about any AA (CHL/ECHL) affiliation. He politely deferred to Jim Mill, who is coming down this weekend for camp and the preseason games. 

I hope to talk to the big boss after Sunday's game, and maybe we'll have more of an update on those fronts. 
Until then ... 


artandhockey said...

Sounds like the young'uns will get some good experience there.

Forecheck said...

Isn't Lofquist (and a few others) too young to be an AHLer? I thought you had to be 20..

Andrew J. Ferraro said...

Lofquist can play here; here is a list of the guys on the Wild training camp roster that have to be returned to JRs if they don't make the big club (Thanks for Ms.Conduct):

54 Brett Bulmer
53 Tyler Graovac
61 Zack Phillips
74 Colton Jobke

Bulmer, I believe, is the only one with a realistic chance of making the Wild. He played for the Aeros a bit during the postseason (In Kassian's spot) and did OK until getting hurt.

Forecheck said...

4-0 loss at OKC! Ouch!