Notes from Albany Devils camp
A couple notes from the Albany Devils training camp ...
As Tom Gulitti reported Wednesday on his Fire & Ice blog, the Devils will use Trenton and Elmira as their ECHL destinations. I spoke to Albany Devils GM Chris Lamoriello at practice this morning, and he said though there will be no official affiliation with either club, the Devils have "a working agreement" with Trenton and Elmira.
Forward Bryan Haczyk was assigned to Trenton earlier in the week, and defenseman Eric Baier also is with Trenton. Baier was not assigned to Trenton by the Devils, as he was only at camp on a tryout contract. He has a contract with Trenton.
Forward Alexandre Carrier will be assigned to one of the ECHL teams, but the Devils have yet to determine/announce which.
Another note ...
The Devils will carry two goalies into the season. Albany coach Rick Kowalsky said Maxime Clermont, who is rehabbing in Newark, is probably nearly ready to return to practice. I have to believe he will be assigned when he is ready. Also, Scott Wedgewood was assigned Friday to Trenton of the ECHL.
Here's a look at what these young goalies have done so far:
Clermont played twice with Albany last season, posting a 2.01 goals-against average and .925 save percentage while going 1-1-0. With the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL, he went 13-10-3 in 31 games with a 3.42 GAA and .891 save percentage.
Frazee was 12-19-2 in 36 games with Albany last season, booking a 2.67 GAA and .906 save percentage. It was his best GAA since a 2.62 in his all-star rookie season with Lowell in the 2008-09 season. He split time pretty regularly with rookie Kinkaid per Kowalsky's design.
Kinkaid, who played his college hockey at nearby Union College in Schenectady, was 17-20-3 in 42 games with Albany in his rookie season. He had a 2.94 GAA and .904 save percentage. He played two seasons at Union, going 37-18-6 in 63 games.
Wedgewood has played the last four seasons with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL. He's been in 98 games in the last two seasons, going 56-28-5. He signed an entry-level contract in March.