Team Makes Moves Prior To Mondays Camp Opening
Emerson Clark, 25, is one of two forwards left on the Toronto Maple Leafs’ training camp roster not on an NHL contract after last night’s roster cuts. Clark has played in two of six exhibition contests for the Leafs, both wins, recording one assist and a plus-1 rating.
The Whitby, Ontario native caught the attention of Leafs coach Mike Babcock’s for his efforts in game one of the preseason when Clark registered the first assist on Andreas Borgman’s goal in period one of the 4-1 win over Ottawa. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Clark also showed his toughness going up against 6-foot-1, 216-pound Mark Borowiecki who has 47 NHL fights to his name.
Clark sang the praises of his former ECHL home, telling the Toronto Star’s Mark Zwolinski that Jacksonville’s atmosphere is unforgettable. “Let me tell you, (Jacksonville) is one of the best places I’ve played in … 7,000 to 8,000 fans a night. They were top notch,” Clark said. Clark’s brother, Everett, returns to Jacksonville’s lineup for the 2018-2019 season after playing with his brother in the club’s inaugural year.
Jansen Harkins, 21, remains on parent club Winnipeg’s roster following yesterday’s cuts. Harkins has played in two preseason games for the Jets. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound forward was drafted by the Jets in round two of the 2015 NHL Draft. He played six games for the Icemen last year recording six points (2G, 4A).
Another Jets draft pick, Matt Ustaski, 24, was reassigned to the Manitoba Moose following the second round of roster cuts yesterday. Ustaski saw action in one preseason game for the Jets finishing with a plus one rating. Ustaski joined the Icemen last year at the culmination of his collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin. He skated in 14 games for Jacksonville notching seven points (5G, 2A).
Tyson Fawcett, 25, returns to the lineup after playing 54 games in the club’s inaugural season, recording 23 points (8G, 15A). This will be the third season the Barrie, Ontario native has donned an Icemen sweater, having spent the 2015-2016 season with the club in Evansville. The 5-foot-7, 165-pound forward is 15 games shy of veteran status, but will not count towards the team’s maximum for veterans allowed since he will reach the milestone during the season.
Derek Brown, 21, is making his professional debut with the Icemen after three seasons of junior hockey with the Bonnyville Pontiacs and most recently, the Vernon Vipers. Last season, the 6-foot-1, 181-pound forward notched 12 points in 16 games (11G, 1A) with the Vipers and 38 points (20G, 18A) in 30 games with the Pontiacs.
Another rookie joins the Icemen as the first goalie on the training camp roster. 19-year-old Denis Tsaruk saw action in one game last season for the Icemen with a .786 save percentage. Prior to joining the Icemen, the 6-foot, 181-pound Nikolaev, Ukraine native spent two seasons in juniors before transitioning to the Federal Hockey League.