So while the Calder Cup Finals are taking Conestoga wagons up to Binghamton (come on….Game 2 was Saturday….game 3 is Wednesday)the Admirals/Predators have signed a few guys to AHL contracts.
Please welcome back center Mark Van Guilder, and defenseman Jeff Foss. And please welcome center Joel Champagne.
I’m thrilled to see MVG back in the fold. I’m sure that we didn’t see Foss’ best in his limited action at the end of the season, so I expect that after some training and some coaching, he’ll be serviceable on the blue line. He’s got the size. We’ll see if he’s got the hockey smarts too (in addition to those RPI book smarts).
That brings us to Joel Champagne. Drafted by Toronto in 2008, but never signed. A 6’4 center, Champagne played last year on the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL, and was the second leading scorer on the squad in the regular season. 24 goals, 58 assists, 68 games. Also was over a point per game in the playoffs this season for his team.
I’ll be interested to see what he’ll bring to the table. If he can use his size effectively, he may be a pretty good find.
But here’s what I want to know — why did Toronto have drafter’s remorse with him?
It’s an interesting discussion, and it seems to come back to skating ability.
Big guy. Some scoring skills. Not a great skater. Castaway from previous organization.
Maybe this is Hugh Jessiman part deux?