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2011-12 Albany Devils thread

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I thought I'd get a jump on this thread, even though thefiestygoat will likely be its main poster.

Probable Roster -

Definites:

Forward:

LW Chad Wiseman

LW Mike Hoeffel

LW Joe Whitney

LW Jean-Sebastian Berube

LW Stephane Veilleux

C Steven Zalewski

C Tim Sestito

C Brad Mills

C Kory Nagy

C Darcy Zajac

F Matt Anderson

RW Stephen Gionta

RW Nathan Perkovich

RW Mike Sislo

RW Bryan Haczyk

RW Myles Stoesz

Defense:

D Peter Harrold

D Jay Leach

D Dan Kelly

D Brandon Burlon

D Eric Gelinas

D Harry Young

G Jeff Frazee

G Keith Kinkaid

Possibles:

RW Nick Palmieri

LW/C Adam Henrique

RW Cam Janssen

LW/RW Vladimir Zharkov

D Alex Urbom

D Matt Corrente

D Matt Taormina

D Adam Larsson

Theoretical Opening Lines:

Wiseman-Zalewski-Anderson

Veilleux-Sestito-S. Gionta

Hoeffel-Mills-Sislo

Berube-D. Zajac-Stoesz

ex: Haczyk, Nagy, Whitney, Perkovich

Larsson-Leach

Harrold-Urbom

Gelinas-Corrente

ex: Burlon, Sova, Kelly, Young

While I expect Albany's defense to be better, I don't expect the offense to be any good at all. Joe Whitney could be a find, but without Henrique, this team is going to struggle mightily to score unless one of the forwards really steps up. Hopefully they don't end up dead last in penalty minutes again, although the absence of PL3 and Louis Robitaille should help on that front.

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Leach won't play. They're not gonna give a 32 y.o. a spot say a Matt Taormina or a Brandon Burlon can have. Plus Palmieri is practically a definite NJ Devil this year.

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Leach won't play. They're not gonna give a 32 y.o. a spot say a Matt Taormina or a Brandon Burlon can have. Plus Palmieri is practically a definite NJ Devil this year.

They have guys like that for their experience and leadership, plus the fact that he's a better defenseman than all of those guys. Of course he'll play.

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They have guys like that for their experience and leadership, plus the fact that he's a better defenseman than all of those guys. Of course he'll play.

I don't think he's better than Taormina but yeah in general, Leach is gonna play 60+ games if he stays healthy.

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I don't think he's better than Taormina but yeah in general, Leach is gonna play 60+ games if he stays healthy.

Overall, agreed. I think he's better defensively, but Taormina definitely brings more to the team.

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but why would you take away experience from a kid and give it to a veteran. remember it's the AHL not the NHL.

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but why would you take away experience from a kid and give it to a veteran. remember it's the AHL not the NHL.

You need to have some stability on the team or everyone starts to pick up bad habits. By having a guy who understands his position playing, it allows the younger players to learn the proper teamwork in game.

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Albany just had their first pre-season game defeating Connecticut 3-1. Wiseman led the way with a goal and an assist. Perkovich and Zajac had the other goals. Gelinas and Burlon picked up an assist each on the power play. Kinkaid picked up the win stopping 30 of 31 shots. Here is the score sheet.

The next pre-season game will be Friday against Portland.

Edited by thefiestygoat

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Forward:

LW Chad Wiseman

LW Mike Hoeffel

LW Joe Whitney

LW Jean-Sebastian Berube

LW Stephane Veilleux

C Steven Zalewski

C Tim Sestito

C Brad Mills

C Darcy Zajac

RW Matt Anderson

RW Stephen Gionta

RW Nathan Perkovich

RW Mike Sislo

RW Myles Stoesz

Defense:

D Peter Harrold

D Alex Urbom

D Matt Corrente

D Matt Taormina

D Jay Leach

D Dan Kelly

D Brandon Burlon

D Eric Gelinas

G Jeff Frazee

G Keith Kinkaid

This leaves 8 defensmen (I expect Harry Young to be in the ECHL)

This will be by far the best AHL defense we have had since the mid/late 90's.

Edited by Jas0nMacIsaac

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Sislo had a goal and an assist with Whitney scoring the other one as Albany skated to a 2-2 tie with Portland as the game was called after 2 periods due to complications with the zamboni and ice. Clermont made 15 saves on 17 shots.

The final pre-season game will be tomorrow night against Adirondack.

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Gelinas with 3 shots on goal in the game. Good start for Kinkaid.

Liking Kinkaid so far.

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Whitney led the way with a goal and an assist as Albany defeated Adirondack 3-1 in their final pre-season game. Zalewski and Anderson had the other goals with Banwell and Burlon picking up an assist each. Frazee had 36 saves on 37 shots.

Albany opens the regular season against Springfield next Saturday night at 7 in Albany.

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Whitney led the way with a goal and an assist as Albany defeated Adirondack 3-1 in their final pre-season game. Zalewski and Anderson had the other goals with Banwell and Burlon picking up an assist each. Frazee had 36 saves on 37 shots.

Albany opens the regular season against Springfield next Saturday night at 7 in Albany.

If Frazee has nights like this all season long he might get a second shot. But the way Kinkaid looks, its gonna be hard for him to get at least 40 games to do so.

Edited by Unknown Soul

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If Frazee has nights like this all season long he might get a second shot. But the way Kinkaid looks, its gonna be hard for him to get at least 40 games to do so.

I think Frazee is going to be given a real shot to get his career back on track. After being up and down in college and then having a real solid first year in the AHL, he's gone back to that high and low trend. While we all want him to do well on the stat sheet, I think his biggest hurdle this year is just staying healthy to be able to get in that many potential games.

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So it's looking like this will be Albany, at least to start:

Wiseman-Henrique-Anderson

Whitney-Zalewski-Zharkov

Veilleux-Sestito-S. Gionta

Hoeffel-D. Zajac-Janssen

ex: Perkovich, J. Berube, Nagy, Stoesz, Haczyk

Taormina-Leach

Harrold-Urbom

Gelinas-Corrente

ex: Kelly, Sova, Young, Burlon, Banwell (?)

Frazee

Kinkaid

This is the best team that Albany's had in a while. And I know I said that last year, but the defense here is quite good - I know I have him in the top pair, but Leach may be the one on the outside.

Edited by Triumph

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Wiseman-Pelley-Anderson

Whitney-Zalewski-Zharkov

Veilleux-Sestito-S. Gionta

Hoeffel-D. Zajac- Sislo

ex: Perkovich, J. Berube, Nagy, Stoesz, Haczyk, Janssen

Taormina-Corrente

Harrold-Urbom

Fraser-Burlon

Gelinas

ex: Kelly, Sova, Young, Leach Banwell (?)

Frazee

Kinkaid

It is amazing how strong this team maybe

Edited by Jas0nMacIsaac

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Albany will run into issues with the Development rule though - remember, you have to dress 12 skaters who've played less than 260 pro games, and 13 skaters who've played less than 320 games.

Players over 320: Pelley, Fraser, Leach, Harrold, Veilleux, Wiseman, Janssen

Players between 260 and 320: Sestito, S. Gionta

I don't think that they will send both Pelley and Fraser down, as a result.

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Albany will run into issues with the Development rule though - remember, you have to dress 12 skaters who've played less than 260 pro games, and 13 skaters who've played less than 320 games.

Players over 320: Pelley, Fraser, Leach, Harrold, Veilleux, Wiseman, Janssen

Players between 260 and 320: Sestito, S. Gionta

I don't think that they will send both Pelley and Fraser down, as a result.

This just seems like another mistake Lou has made, not necessarily with the cap but in terms of budgeting. He has wasted a least 2 million in players signed and this jumble mess he has going in Albany.

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This just seems like another mistake Lou has made, not necessarily with the cap but in terms of budgeting. He has wasted a least 2 million in players signed and this jumble mess he has going in Albany.

hm? how did he waste 2 million? pelley or fraser might get claimed. if not, i think he can find homes for them later in the year when there are injuries, either in NJ or elsewhere. the rest of the players named are on two-way contracts.

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The AHL finally switched to a six-division format after going with four divisions for a number of years.

This year's alignment:

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

Manchester Monarchs (LA)

Portland Pirates (PHX)

Providence Bruins (BOS)

St. John's IceCaps (WPG)

Worcester Sharks (SJ)

Northeast Division

Adirondack Phantoms (PHI)

Albany Devils (NJ)

Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI)

Connecticut Whale (NYR)

Springfield Falcons (CBJ)

East Division

Binghamton Senators (OTT)

Hershey Bears (WSH)

Norfolk Admirals (TB)

Syracuse Crunch (ANA)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT)

Western Conference

North Division

Grand Rapids Griffins (DET)

Hamilton Bulldogs (MTL)

Lake Erie Monsters (COL)

Rochester Americans (BUF)

Toronto Marlies (TOR)

Midwest Division

Charlotte Checkers (CAR)

Chicago Wolves (VAN)

Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)

Peoria Rivermen (STL)

Rockford IceHogs (CHI)

West Division

Abbotsford Heat (CGY)

Houston Aeros (MIN)

Oklahoma City Barons (EDM)

San Antonio Rampage (FLA)

Texas Stars (DAL)

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