Daily Dose of the Dub: Olson to Rochester, not Tri-City, Americans, Foote returns to Kelowna and more

Olson headed to AHL Americans

Despite not being drafted or signed by the Buffalo Sabres, Tri-City Americans forward Kyle Olson has earned a spot on the training camp roster of the AHL’s Rochester Americans. If Olson does not return to Tri-City, that would be a blow to the organization who named him captain this past July.

Leason off to Hershey 

1999-born Brett Leason is off to the AHL’s Hershey Bears after being cut from the Washington Capitals training camp roster. Although Leason is still eligible to return to the Prince Albert Raiders this season, it is expected he will stick in Washington’s farm system.

Foote returned to Kelowna 

The Kelowna Rockets are now at full-strength for their Memorial Cup run as Nolan Foote has been returned to the team after attending training camp with the Tampa Bay Lightning, who selected him in the first round of last June’s NHL Entry Draft.

Seppala scores first WHL goal 

He suited up for his first WHL game on Saturday night, and now Edmonton Oil Kings forward Jesse Seppala can add another “first” to his resume as he recorded his first WHL goal against the Red Deer Rebels on Sunday afternoon. With the goal, Seppala became the first Finnish-born player to score for the Oil Kings.

Gricius notches 100th career point 

Portland Winterhawks forward Jake Gricius notched his 100th (and 101st and 102nd) points in a 4-3 win for his Portland Winterhawks over the Kamloops Blazers.

Gilliss plays 200th career game 

In that same game, Lane Gilliss suited up for the 200th WHL game of his career. In his time in the WHL, which has been spent entirely with the Winterhawks, he has 28 goals and 40 assists.

Blazers announce leadership group 

The Kamloops Blazers have announced their leadership group for the 2019-20 season. 1999-born Zane Franklin will be the team’s captain while Montana OnyebuchiBrodi Stuart and Connor Zary will be his assistant captains.

Terriers acquire Zawatsky 

After an unsuccessful try-out with the Kamloops Blazers, Alec Zawatsky is headed to the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers as they acquired him from the SJHL’s Notre Dame Hounds on Sunday. In 107 WHL games with the Saskatoon Blades, Swift Current Broncos and Moose Jaw Warriors, Zawatsky has recorded 17 goals and 19 assists.

Gavlas’ CJHL rights traded to Drumheller

The Drumheller Dragons of the AJHL have acquired the CJHL rights of 1999-born Parker Gavlas from the Kindersley Klippers of the SJHL. Gavlas is currently with the Medicine Hat Tigers after being acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oil Kings. In two games this season, he has been held pointless with five penalty minutes and three shots on goal. The Tigers currently have four overage players on their roster so it is possible the Tigers cut Gavlas before the October 10th deadline and he ends up in Drumheller.

Upshall released from PTO with Stars

The Dallas Stars have released Scottie Upshall (173 GP, 99 G, 127 A with the Kamloops Blazers) from their training camp roster. The 35-year-old Fort McMurray, Alberta native last played professional hockey in the 2017-18 season with the NHL’s St. Louis Blues.

Koch signs in Germany 

Davis Koch (319 GP, 91 G, 164 A with the Edmonton Oil Kings and Vancouver Giants) has signed his first professional contract in Germany’s second-tier professional league. The 21-year old forward is a dual German-Canadian citizen and graduated from the WHL last season.

Thompson released from professional try-out contract 

Tayler Thompson (66 GP, 5 G, 6 A with the Prince George Cougars) has been granted an early release from a professional try-out contract that was set to run through October.

Three Stars of the Night

First Star: Portland Winterhawks forward Jake Gricius had a goal and two assists.

Second Star: Edmonton Oil Kings forward Riley Sawchuk tallied two goals

Third Star: Kamloops Blazers forward Logan Stankoven had a goal and an assist.

Honourable Mentions:

Edmonton Oil Kings goaltender Todd Scott made 20 saves on 21 shots, Portland Winterhawks forward Jaydon Dureau had a goal and an assist

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