September 11 2014 08:00AM
I remember the first time I ever watched Tobias Enstrom play in the NHL and I remember the announcers declaring that in the old NHL, this is a player that never would have made the big leagues. Enstrom was a 23-year old rookie defenseman for the Atlanta Thrashers and he was only 5'10. One thing was evident however, and that was that this kid could flat out play.
September 10 2014 06:35PM
When a defenseman makes his NHL debut as a late-blooming 25-year-old, the player is usually not expected to be an elite player, but still serviceable enough to play 5/6 roles for his team.
That is the story of Grant Clitsome. Clitsome was a 9th round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (The last draft to have more than the seven rounds we are used to today) for the Columbus Blue Jackets. After completing his college career at Clarkson University in 2008, he began his pro career suiting up for the Syracuse Crunch for the following two seasons.
September 10 2014 04:04PM
Adam Pardy was signed by the Jets following a few journeymen seasons which seen him play for the Dallas Stars and Buffalo Sabres in the NHL as well as their AHL affiliates in Texas and Rochester.
Pardy was brought in to give the Jets some depth defenders. Interestingly enough, Pardy was part of a solid 3rd pairing with Keaton Ellerby. It was assumed however though that Ellerby was the driving force on that pairing and Pardy's re-signing was questioned by fans once again.
September 10 2014 03:40PM
Paul Postma is an enigma. After flirting with locking down a roster spot following a great AHL career, Postma faced various injuries and was passed on the depth chart by Zach Redmond.
Postma still received a two-year contract and Cheveldayoff seems to be banking on the fact that Postma could be an offensive blueliner in the future, following seasons of 29, 45 and 44 in the AHL.
September 10 2014 09:16AM
The 2014-15 NHL season is rapidly approaching. Respective prospect tournaments and training camps are starting any day now, and the preseason schedule itself gets going less than two weeks from now. Those are sure-fire signs that hockey is on the horizon.
Another harbinger that makes that realization feel more tangible? Bovada has released their over/under lines for team point totals this coming season.