Warriors moving forward with new imports
2018 CHL Import picks Daniil Stepanov & Yegor Buyalsky have committed to the Warriors & the WHL
— Moose Jaw Warriors (@MJWARRIORS) August 13, 2018
Now that their Russian duo has presumably moved on, the Moose Jaw Warriors are moving on with a duo of Belarusian forwards. They have signed both Daniil Stepanov and Yegor Buyalsky to standard player agreements.
Stepanov, who was born in 2001 is six-feet and 168 pounds. He played for Belarus’ U18 team last year and potted 20 points in 31 games.
Buyalsky, who is also 17 years old, played for Belarus’ U17 team last year, putting up 48 points in 49 games. Buyalsky is listed as six-feet and 157 pounds.
All in all, the Warriors look to be getting a lot younger as both of last year’s imports, Dmitri Zaitsev and Oleg Sosunov were both born in 1998 and would be overage players if they played in the WHL this year.
Sosunov has signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, while Zaitsev will be playing in the KHL this year with Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
NHL rookie camp rosters starting to come out
As we get closer to September, we will start to find out about more WHL players going to NHL rookie and main camps.
The Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings and the Carolina Hurricanes have announced their rookie camp rosters.
Boston (3): Carson Focht (Calgary – 2000 – invite), John Ludvig (Portland – 2000 – invite), Dawson Weatherill (Spokane – 199 – invite). Rookie camp goes September 7th-10th.
Carolina (4): Jake Bean (Tri-City – 1998 – drafted 1st round – signed), Morgan Geekie (Tri-City – 1998 – drafted 3rd round – signed), Stelio Mattheos (Brandon – 1999 – drafted 3rd round), Brendan De Jong (Portland – 1998 – drafted 5th round). This roster is for the Traverse City Prospect Tournament that goes September 7th-11th.
Detroit (3): Michael Rasmussen (Tri-City – 1999 – drafted first round – signed), Dennis Cholowski (Portland – 1999 – drafted first round – signed), Lane Zablocki (Victoria – 1998 – drafted 3rd round). This roster is also for the Traverse City Tournament.
Hanas and the U.S. getting ready for Five Nations
On Sunday Cross Hanas of the Portland Winterhawks had two assists as the United States Under-17 team blew out Hungary 8-1 in a pre-tournament game. Hanas then added another assist as the Americans beat Slovakia in their final pre-tournament game Monday 4-2.
The U.S. opens play in the Five Nations Tournament Wednesday at 11am EST (8am PST) against Slovakia in Piestany.
Seattle brings in Dixon as a equipment manager
— Seattle Thunderbirds (@SeattleTbirds) August 13, 2018
Tri-City announces Yaremko will be captain while Rasmussen is away
As the Americans plan for possible life without their team captain, they have announced that overage winger Nolan Yaremko will wear the “C” while Rasmussen is away with the Detroit Red Wings. Parker AuCoin, Sasha Mutala, Kyle Olson and Roman Kalinichenko were named alternate captains.
The Americans announce their leadership group for the 2018-19 season.
— Tri-City Americans (@TCAmericans) August 13, 2018
Broncos add assistant coaches
Former Spokane Chiefs forward Brandin Cote and University of Saskatchewan assistant coach Scott Deterte were named assistant coaches for head coach Dean Brockman and the Swift Current Broncos.
#SCB have hired Brandin Cote and Scott Dutertre as assistant coaches to round out the coaching staff for the 2018-19 season.
— SC Broncos (@SCBroncos) August 13, 2018
— Calgary Hitmen (@WHLHitmen) August 13, 2018