Signed by Hartford in the off-season, Scott Kosmachuk is a twenty three year prospect that could provide long-term service in the organization if he performs well this upcoming season. Read more
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On Wednesday, the Wolf Pack announced the signing of forward Scott Kosmachuk to a one year, American Hockey League contract. Last season, Kosmachuk registered 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) in 58 games with the Manitoba Moose, as well as recording 47 penalty minutes. In addition to playing with the Moose, the forward spent eight games with the Winnipeg Jets, recording three assists.
Joe Whitney is another recognizable name for Wolf Pack fans. The 29-year-old forward entered the American Hockey League in the 2011-12 season with the Albany Devils and was with the Devils organization for four seasons. Afterwards, he joined the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the 2015-16 season. That season, Whitney played 36 games before suffering a season ending injury. Last year, in his first full season back from recovery, the forward spent time with the San Antonio Rampage (55 games) and the Tucson Roadrunners (19 games). He recorded a total of 36 points between the two clubs. Joe Whitney is looking forward to getting back to his dominant offensive ways. Before his injury in the 2015-16 season, Whitney averaged between 44 and 60 points per season.
On Thursday afternoon, the Wolf Pack announced the signing of forward Joe Whitney. The 29-year-old winger joins the Hartford locker room through an American Hockey League contract. Whitney has been in the league for seven seasons and can produce juicy offensive numbers. The veteran adds more punch to the Pack’s lineup. In addition, he is another asset in guiding the younger forwards.
Cole Schneider should be a familiar name in the Hartford hockey community. The New York native played with the University of Connecticut’s hockey team in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. He recorded 33 points in his first season with the Huskies, then 45 in the second. Early in his career, the forward was well rounded offensively. After his second season at UCONN, he joined the Binghamton Senators, notching two goals in 11 contests with the Senators.
We have hit the home stretch as September is right around the corner. The organization as a whole will become gradually occupied with tasks, finishing preparations for the upcoming season. Let’s take a look at the upcoming events in September!
In the AHL, it’s all about points percentage and not points. The Wolf Pack’s division is the toughest one in the league. The Atlantic Division is a dogfight for the playoffs, while the North division is weaker. The rules for reaching the postseason vary each season. Two years ago, when Hartford missed the playoffs by a few points, the league allowed crossovers. For instance, a team with a better points percentage in the Atlantic division could take a playoff spot from the North division, generally beating out the third place team in the North. However, for the last two seasons, crossovers have been disallowed; meaning there are four spots available for qualification in each division. However, the AHL is constantly undergoing realignment with their team’s relocating often.
Training camp is a month away for the hockey world, and each team is ready to drop the puck and focus on the upcoming season. Most teams have finalized their rosters, however, there are still unsigned players. Hartford can still add one or two more players, quality veterans, preferably. Here are a few players that I would recommend the club to pursue. And as long as they sign AHL contracts, they won’t affect the Rangers cap situation.
The dog days of summer are officially upon us. Free agency has settled and trade talk is low. For the Wolf Pack and the American Hockey League, teams are preparing for the upcoming season quietly and quickly. From the front office to the coach’s office, planning is well underway up in Hartford.
On Tuesday morning, the New York Rangers announced that Joe Mormina will be the new assistant head coach for the Wolf Pack. He joins fellow assistant coach Pat Boller and head coach Keith McCambridge behind the Hartford bench. Prior to the hire, Mormina was the assistant coach at Mercyhurst University for the 2016-17 season, after ending his playing career with the Rochester Americans in the 2015-16 season.