The Aeros released their training camp roster today, and there are some interesting tryout names on there. The one that sticks out the most is RW Aaron Boogaard, who will wear No. 29 at camp. This is not his first camp with the team, but it is his first since the death of his brother and former Aero Derek. The Wild say that want to help him get his hockey career back on track. We certainly, too, wish him the very best of luck.
Some other names on the camp roster include (camp number in parentheses)
D - Wes O'Neill (2)
D - Mike Hoffman (32)
F - Greg Stewart (10)
F - Matt Marquardt (11)
F - Mike Bartlett (21)
To be sure, these are depth guys, but they all have AHL experience and could be on the short list of players that will be on the final 23-25 guys that make the Aeros.
Wes O'Neill spent some time in Bridgeport last year, but Aeros fans may remember him from his days with the Lake Erie Monsters. He is a tall blueliners (6'-4") and had his best year two seasons ago with the Monsters. In three years in Cleveland, O'Neill scored four goals added 24 assists in about 150 games. Definitely a stay-at-home guy.
Mike Hoffman is an veteran guy that played in Germany last season. (This is not the Mike Hoffman that played for the Calder Cup Champion Binghamton Senators last year.) This Hoffman is another big, tall d-man that has bounced around quite a bit in the AHL. Before playing overseas, he's suited up for AHL Cleveland, Toronto, Manchester, Portland, Chicago and Hartford.
Greg Stewart and Matt Marquardt spent some time last season with the Oklahoma City Barons. Stewart is a veteran AHL winger, a tall (6'-2" LW) that has never put up 20 points in a season. He is tough, and his best year was his 07-08 campaign with the Hamilton Bulldogs. That year he scored 10 goals and finished with 137 PIMs. Last year in OKC, Stewart finished with 16 points in 74 games and recorded 108 PIMs. Marquardt is a former 7th round pick of the Blue Jackets, and he is another guy that's had a few OK seasons in the AHL. Last year with the Barons, he scored five goals and added seven assists in 63 games. Before OKC, Marquardt played for Springfield and Providence.
Mike Bartlett's name should sound familiar, too. He played for the Milwaukee Admirals last year, so maybe Jerina can give us the real scoop on this guy. Looks like he's bounced around in the AA level for awhile before a pretty decent run with the Admirals in 10-11. He had 18 points during the regular season before putting up a pretty decent playoff run with Milwaukee. In 13 playoff games, he scored two goals, added three assists and added 8 PIMs. Those numbers were well above his regular season averages.
Not all of these guys will make the team ... but these are definitely five players to keep an eye on in the two weeks of training camp.
(Just a quick update here on the status of Jordan Hendry. As many of you already know, he did not make the cut on his tryout with the wild. The organization, however, is working on a two-way deal with the veteran defenseman. Heather reported that the other day, so this is definitely another training camp story worth watching.)