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The AHL has released the 2016/2017 season schedule gocheckers.com

 

The Checkers will kick off the regular season on the road for the seventh time in the franchise’s seven-year AHL history, opening with a two-game set in Texas followed by a trip to Iowa one week later.

The team’s season debut at Bojangles’ Coliseum is Oct. 28, as they will open at home against the Grand Rapids Griffins for the second time in team history.

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Checkers Roster as of 8/23

 

NHL Contracts
#     Name     Position     Height     Weight     Hometown
4     Keegan Lowe     D     6'2"     189     Edmonton, AB
10     Derek Ryan     C     5'11"     170     Spokane, WA
12     Brody Sutter     C     6'5"     203     Calgary, AB
20     Dennis Robertson     D     6'1"     215     Fort Saint John, BC
21     Brendan Woods     C     6'3"     215     Humboldt, SK
24     Patrick Brown     C     6'1"     197     Bloomfield Hills, MI
27     Jake Chelios     D     6'2"     185     Chicago, IL
32     Andrew Miller     RW     5'10"     181     Bloomfield Hills, MI
      Matt Tennyson     D     6'2"     205     Pleasanton, CA
                              
Entry-Level Contracts
#     Name     Position     Height     Weight     Hometown
5     Trevor Carrick     D     6'2"     175     Stouffville, ON
7     Brock McGinn     LW     5'11"     186     Fergus, ON
16     Sergey Tolchinsky     LW     5'8"     169     Moscow, Russia
17     Tyler Ganly     D     6'2"     196     Mississauga, ON
31     Daniel Altshuller     G     6'4"     201     Nepean, ON
33     Erik Karlsson     LW     6'0"     170     Gothenburg, Sweden
34     Valentin Zykov     RW     6'0"     209     St. Petersburg, Russia
37     Andrew Poturalski     F     5'10"     190     Williamsville, NY
      Josh Wesley     D     6'3"     195     Raleigh, NC
      Alex Nedeljkovic     G     5'11"     190     Parma, OH
      Clark Bishop     C     6'0"     192     Saint John's, NL
      Roland McKeown     D     6'1"     195     Listowel, ON
      Haydn Fleury     D     6'3"     198     Carlyle, SK
                              
AHL Contracts
#     Name     Position     Height     Weight     Hometown
18     Kyle Hagel     LW     6'0"     205     Hamilton, Ontario
      Mitchell Heard     C     6'1"     205     Bowmanville, ON
 

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Commented on this in the Once They Were Canes thread, but good mentor, and possible future management material is my thinking.

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Canes send McKeown to Charlotte.

 

 

He will join the Checkers for their season-opening trip to play the Texas Stars on Friday and Saturday in Austin, Texas.

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The Checkers showed a sign of life early on in the third, with Patrick Brown throwing a wrister on goal from the point that was redirected by Andrew Poturalski over the glove of Stars goalie Maxime Legace. Charlotte couldn’t spark a rally, though, mustering just eight shots on goal in the third and falling to Texas by a final score of 6-2.


Charlotte will get a shot at redemption tomorrow (today), as the two teams will square off in a rematch.

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Bummer. We've got a lot of talent down there, or so we think. Who was in goal?

 

I'm sure they will get their act together.

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8 minutes ago, remkin said:

Bummer. We've got a lot of talent down there, or so we think. Who was in goal?

 

I'm sure they will get their act together.

Rookie netminder Alex Nedeljkovic, making his first career AHL start, saw his night come to an end after the first, as veteran Michael Leighton took over between the pipes for the remainder of regulation.

Alex Nedeljkovic (4 GA, 17 SVS)

Michael Leighton (2 GA, 14 SVS)

 

   

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I linked a very good article on CanesCountry about our prospects. On Nedeljovic, the basic idea was huge talent, but not anywhere near ready in terms of positioning and other aspects. Hopefully he gets that stuff figured out in Charlotte. It's nice that he made the team and speaks well of him, but the flipside is Atlshuller, being demoted puts more riding on Nedel figuring his game out.

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The Checkers made more of a game of it this time, but the result was the same as they suffered another loss in Texas, this time by a 4-2 score, to fall to 0-2-0 on the young season.

Andrew Poturalski and Patrick Brown scored

Alex Nedeljkovic started for the second time in as many games but lost the decision to Texas

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Nicholas Niedzielski  - Poturalski’s four points (2g, 2a) were one shy of the franchise record … Three other Checkers recorded multi-point nights: Lowe (1g, 1a), Ryan (1g, 2a) and Patrick Brown (0g, 2a) … Dwyer’s goal was his first as a Checker and first in the AHL since Dec. 6, 2009 … Wallmark’s goal stood as his first in North America as a pro .. Poturalski has goals and points in each of his last three games, Brown, Wallmark and Matt Tennyson have points in their last two

 

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Hope they are turning it around as well. One thing that kind of sticks out in the box score though with so many GF, is one of our big hopefuls, Fleury -- 0 pts, even +/-  

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Good pickup on the Fleury stat. Something to watch as we get deeper in the season. Once he gets accustomed to the AHL it will be interesting to see how he plays.

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I have high hopes for Fleury. Not just in the D zone either. But just 3 games. Speaking of 3 games:

 

Poturalski 2 ppg

Ryan 1.3 ppg

Brown 1.3 ppg

 

Top 3 scorers on the team.

All centers.

 

McClement, 0.0 ppg,  is a center is all I'm saying.

 

Walmark has .67 ppg.

 

Come on Jay. Don't make us go to one of them.

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Checkers Fall 2-1 in Iowa by Paul Branecky
 

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The Checkers weren’t able to recreate the offensive fireworks of one night prior as they concluded a back-to-back set in Iowa with a 2-1 loss on Saturday.

Team captain Derek Ryan scored on a shorthanded breakaway in the first period

Ryan, an AHL All-Star last season, now has five points (3g, 2a) in four games this season, making him one of three Checkers scoring at a point-per-game pace or better


 

 

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22 hours ago, remkin said:

Poturalski 2 ppg

Ryan 1.3 ppg

Brown 1.3 ppg

 

Top 3 scorers on the team.

All centers.

 

McClement, 0.0 ppg,  is a center is all I'm saying.

 

 

3 hours ago, OBXer said:

Team captain Derek Ryan scored on a shorthanded breakaway in the first period

Ryan, an AHL All-Star last season, now has five points (3g, 2a) in four games this season, making him one of three Checkers scoring at a point-per-game pace or better

 

 

McClement once again went scoreless and was a -1.  Like rem, all i'm saying.

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3 minutes ago, realmdrakkar said:

 

McClement once again went scoreless and was a -1.  Like rem, all i'm saying.

 

Ok but we have one of the best PK units and Jmac is an important part of that. Last night the PK got scorched a couple of times but over all it has been good.  the 4th line has had some really good shifts in the early going.  See your point rem and  real but maybe a bit early for a call-up IMO

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I don't disagree, just bears watching.

 

I am re-watching Arrested Development, a favorite comedy series, on Netfilx. A long running gag is the young son, George Michael has this very plain and monotoned girlfriend, Anne. The running joke is when someone says that's his girlfriend, they look and say, "her"? The comeback is "she must be funny".

 

At one point the Patriarch sees her and say's "her?" to George Michael who says, "she's really funny". And the Patriarch says, "let's hope so".

 

I keep thinking of McClemment that way. He doesn't score and has a bad +/-, but he kills penatlies. "lets hope so." is my reply at this point. Hey, he's signed. He does some little things well.

 

Of course the ultimate joke on Anne? She's not funny.

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3 minutes ago, remkin said:

Of course the ultimate joke on Anne? She's not funny.

 

But this line made me chuckle :lol:

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Michael Leighton adds to Shutout Record, Derek Ryan Scores Two as Checkers Top Grand Rapids 3-0

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The AHL’s all-time shutouts leader struck again Saturday night, blanking the Grand Rapids Griffins 3-0 to clinch a weekend sweep by the Checkers.

The star of the night was Leighton, who notched his 47th career shutout by turning aside all 30 shots the Griffins sent his way

 

While the goaltending took the headlines, the Checkers top offensive trio of Ryan, Zykov and Brock McGinn played a key part in getting the Checkers an early lead they could run with. .

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