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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Breaking down the Roster

One of my favorite things to do before opening day is to break down - or dissect - the Aeros' roster.
Thanks to a few injuries in Minnesota, it's not complete and I am pretty sure this is not what it will look like by the time the team hits magical game No. 25. (That is the point at which you pretty much know for sure what kind of team you are looking at***).

  • Right now, there are 27 players on the roster 
  • There are 14 forwards, nine defensemen and two goalies
  • Of the forwards, there are six centers, two left wingers, six right wings and zero liberals. (Ha?)
  • As of 10/4, there are 13 Canadians, 11 Americans and one German
  • I am pretty sure the Aeros have never had more than 10 Americans on their roster *patriotic tear*
  • There are six veterans: DiSalvatore, Taffe, Hendry, Peters, Hoffman and Ortmeyer
  • Two of the veterans did not play in the AHL last year; Hoffman played in Europe/Hendry in the NHL
  • Of those that are considered league vets, four of them are at least 30 years old: DiSalvatore (30), Taffe (30), Hoffman (31) and Ortmeyer (33)
  • At 27, Hendry is the youngest veteran player
  • Right now, there are five rookies on the roster: Medvec, Foucault. Fontaine, Genoway and Kuepmer
  • There are three players on the team born in 1990. Foucault (12/12/90), Cuma (1/19/90) and Kuemper (5/5/90)
  • Most of the 27 players are on a two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild; there are six players on other types of contracts. Hendry is on a PTO or tryout contract; Fredheim is on a standard AHL contract, while Fritsch, Bartlett, Boogaard and Hoffman are on Free Agent/Tryout contracts.
  • Really the only names I can think of that will likely be added to the roster in the short term are Matt Hackett and Matt Kassian. Kassian is banged up and I don't think has been officially assigned. Hackett will return when Harding is cleared to play again.
  • Jim Mill (Pictured below) did not sign himself to a PTO. Maybe he should have; even a 90-year old scored on Hackett today.
    Jim Mill stopped a few pucks this week in Minny

(*** Exceptions include, but are not limited to, the 2010-11 San Antonio Rampage and Adirondack Phantoms)

9 comments:

Forecheck said...

{{ two left wingers, six right wings and zero liberals. }
No libertarians? I'm offended...

{{I am pretty sure the Aeros have never had more than 10 Americans on their roster}}

Yeah normally this team is 85% Canadian. Perhaps a product of the new management up in Minnysohta. Also one one European - perhaps a product of the KHL as well?

{{ the roster: Medvec}}

So he gave up a lucrative radio talk show gig to play minor league hockey?

Chris Jerina said...

Will Kassian need to clear waivers to be sent down? I know last year he was sent down early to avoid waivers b/c of different criteria, wasn't sure on this year due to the number of AHL games played.

Andrew J. Ferraro said...

Yes, Kassian will have to clear waivers. He is still out with an upper body injury (Hand, finger, not sure exactly) ...

Forecheck said...

(*** Exceptions include, but are not limited to, the 2010-11 San Antonio Rampage and Adirondack Phantoms)

Also, the 2010-11 Houston Aeros!

Remember how bad they were 25 games in?

Andrew J. Ferraro said...

They weren't THAT bad; after 25 games last year, they were 12-10-1-2. That was a pace of about 86 points. Not terrible, but that does not get them in the postseason.

The additions of O'Sullivan and Ortmeyer helped them improve upon that pace from 86 points to 98.

That's incredible.

artandhockey said...

It may come to that: IF Nystrom clears waivers. Kassian may stop in Minne?

Forecheck said...

FYI - For those who even care, Sean Avery cleared waivers and was assigned to Hartford.

No word if he will show up or not.

As if any of us care.

Fred Trask said...

Is he out on bail? http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/06/sports/hockey/rangers-avery-accused-of-shoving-police-officer.html

Forecheck said...

{{Is he out on bail? http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/06/sports/hockey/rangers-avery-accused-of-shoving-police-officer.html

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