ALBANY, NY – American Hockey League rosters are constantly changing. No matter if it’s the regular season, postseason or offseason moving pieces are inevitable. While Rod Pelley, Max Novak and Kevin Rooney are among players locked in for 2016-17, Matt Lorito and Mike Sislo are among others heading to different cities.
The 2016 Development Camp is a mix bag of New Jersey Devils prospects and college and junior free agents. The Devils could look to those unsigned players make an impact on the AHL roster.
“We probably are going to lose close to two-thirds of our roster, or have already, with guys that are free agents,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “We lost a lot of guys that have moved on. The positive thing is we have a lot of young guys that played big roles last year and did a good job for us that are now coming into their second season and there’s young kids, like potentially a Lappin, certainly a Rooney, and maybe some kid from development camp that are going to play bigger roles and get opportunities.
“This is kind of just a tease before you get into training camp. You get a lot more excited. I’ve learned my lesson with that, too, not to get too excited too quick here because sometimes they don’t end up making it my way, which is a good thing. But you certainly start to look at players from this point on and into training camp.”
Of the 34 players attending this year’s Development Camp, nine are tryouts: goaltender Matt Morris, defensemen Gavin Bayreuther, Zach Berzolla, Marc Biega, Garret Cockerill, Luke McInnis and Scott Savage and forwards Austin Cangelosi and Chris Shero.