Klingberg assigned to IceCaps

The Winnipeg Jets have sent prospect Carl Klingberg to the IceCaps, according to Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press. The twenty year-old Swede will likely punch his first full season on North American ice this year, after spending last season in the Swedish Elite League for the most part.

Klingberg was taken by the Thrashers with the #34 pick in the 2009 Entry Draft. He’s seen as a fairly physical player with speed to burn. If he can drive to the net effectively, he could finally find his scoring touch with the IceCaps. Should be a fun player to watch.

Jets release twenty: Holzapfel, Flood, and Pasquale among those sent to IceCaps

- Mark Flood (Photo: Winnipeg Sun)

Today the Winnipeg Jets decided to let go of twenty players from their preseason roster. Among them were many guys that will suit up for the IceCaps just weeks from now.

For the entire list head over to the Illegal Curve.

Some notables that will likely be IceCaps regulars are:

G Peter Mannino

G Edward Pasquale

D Mark Flood

F Jason Jaffray

F Riley Holzapfel

F Marco Rosa

F Akim Aliu

F Mike Forney

It should also be noted that Paul Postma remains with the Jets for now. He’s been quite impressive this preseason and the Winnipeg brass will have a lengthy discussion before his demotion. Patrice Cormier also remains with the parent club for the time being.

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Game Day: Jets v Senators

- Photo: THN

The Hockeyville match-up between the Jets and Senators is only a couple hours away. Puck drop is set for 5:30 local time at Mile One Centre, which should be absolutely overflowing with fans.

From the Illegal Curve:

The Winnipeg Jets are looking to rebound from a pair of weekend losses today in St.John’s, Newfoundland against the Ottawa Senators after they lost their second exhibition in a row Sunday afternoon, 4-0 to the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Kraft Hockeyville Rosters

Here are the speculated rosters for tomorrow night’s Hockeyville exhibition game between the Winnipeg Jets and Ottawa Senators:

Senators lineup, from ScoreOttawa:

Forwards: Daniel Alfredsson, Peter Regin, Colin Greening, Zack Smith, Bobby Butler, Chris Neil, Mark Parrish,  Corey Locke, Corey Cowick, Derek Grant, David Dziurzynski, Mike Hoffman & Mika Zibanejad.

Defence: Jared Cowen, Chris Phillips, Brian Lee, David Rundblad, Matt Carkner, Eric Gryba, Erik Karlsson

Goaltenders: Mike McKenna, Alex Auld

Jets lineup, from the Illegal Curve:

*note, not all of these players will be dressing

Ron Hainsey
Evander Kane
Tim Stapleton
Andrew Ladd
Bryan Little
Jim Slater
Troy Bodie
Chris Thorburn
Blake Wheeler
Patrice Cormier
Johnny Oduya
Ondrej Pavelec
Edward Pasquale
Mark Flood
Paul Postma
Tobias Enstrom
Kenndal McArdle
Mark Scheifele
Spencer Machacek
Derek Meech
Carl Klingberg
Ben Maxwell
Chris Mason
Jason Gregoire
Zach Redmond
Michael Forney
Ben Chiarot
Cody Sol
Akim Aliu
Julian Melchiori

Rival fans should make IceCaps’ season interesting

7,000 people will be filing into the Mile One Centre on a regular basis in the next few months. On most nights, things should look pretty uniform, or at least sound that way. We’ll hear a few “Go Caps go!” chants, and see tons of those gorgeous jerseys floating around. But every few weeks, things will be different.

For example, when the Hamilton Bulldogs, Toronto Marlies, and even to an extent, the WBS Penguins come to town, things won’t be so one-sided.

Photo: Hamilton Spec

Some believe that Canadiens fans (Bulldogs’ parent) may very well drown out IceCaps supporters in the first game of the season. While I believe this is far-fetched and not the case at all, there will definitely be a good opportunity for some Habs fans to show off their red, white, and blue. Is this really a bad thing? I don’t think so.

I wouldn’t put much stock in the idea that a few fans of other AHL clubs will take away from the IceCaps’ home advantage. That’s just foolish.

From CBC.ca’s Tim Wharnsby:

Newfoundland hockey fans do not alter their NHL  allegiances easily. Most of them are long-time supporters of the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs or Boston Bruins, or they cheer for the team of their favourite Newfoundlander, like Daniel Cleary of the Detroit Red Wings or Ted Purcell of the Tampa Bay Lightning. So even though the Winnipeg Jets have brought back pro hockey to the Rock by placing their AHL affiliate in St. John’s, the Jets have some work to do in this province to turn the locals into fanatics of the Jets.

Joe Colborne - Photo: Marlies.ca

As a Leafs fan, and writer for Maple Leafs Hot Stove, I’ve followed the team closely for basically my entire life (probably even more so in the last two years due to my newly found writing hobby.)

From discussing lineups, prospects, coaching decisions, trades, roster moves, and literally EVERYTHING in between with fellow Leafs fans and analysts, I’m probably much more familiar with the Marlies right now than I am with the IceCaps. Actually, there’s no “probably” about it. I am.

So when the Marlies finally do come to St. John’s in November, I’ll be looking out for the likes of Joe Colborne, Ben Scrivens, Mike Zigomanis, and others who I believe to have real futures with my beloved Maple Leafs. Do I dislike the Jets? Of course not. And I’ll be behind the IceCaps for the rest of their schedule no doubt, especially when they play those Bulldogs.

I’m sure by the time this season winds down, I should be just as familiar with the Jets/IceCaps lineups as I am with the Leafs/Marlies. But my allegiances will never shift, as is the case with most hockey fans in Newfoundland and abroad.

Eric Tangradi - WBS Penguins

I think the atmosphere created by these sorts of scenarios will make for some really interesting games down at the Mile One Centre. After all, a bit of friendly banter between hockey fans should add to the experience of taking in a pro hockey game. Just don’t throw any beer at me when I show up in my Luke Schenn Leafs jersey, and everything will be fine.

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Photos: Jason King display in Corner Brook’s Pepsi Centre

I was just going through some old pictures and found a set I took of the Jason King display here at the Pepsi Centre in Corner Brook. If you’re ever in the area you should come by and check out this, and many other displays – including the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame, which can be found upstairs.

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IceCaps reveal Home and Away Jerseys

F Jason King and Danny Williams sporting the new sweaters (Photo courtesy of Zach Goudie - CBC News)

As was reported yesterday, the IceCaps revealed their jerseys for the 2011-2012 AHL season at a special ceremony in the capital city this morning. The jerseys feature the same colour palette as the parent Winnipeg Jets and feature the Jets’ logo on both shoulders. What do you guys think of them?

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Matthews (Twitter: @elizabethjmatt)

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IceCaps Jerseys to be Revealed Tomorrow

From the AHL’s official Twitter feed:

The @IceCapsAHL will unveil their jerseys at a press event on Thursday morning at 11:00 NT #AHL

At long last, the IceCaps will reveal their jerseys at a presser (at Mile One Centre, we can assume*) tomorrow morning at 11:00am Newfoundland time. So, if you’re in the area and want to witness the unveiling of the new sweaters, you have the information you need to do just that. We will keep you posted on any news and/or changes that are made to the information we have here.

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*********UPDATE*********

From @IceCapsAHL, via Twitter:

The unveiling will take place on Battery Road, St. John’s, near Fort Waldegrave at 11 a.m. #IceCaps #AHL

Goalie controversy for the IceCaps?

Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves

Not quite. But going into the 2011-12 AHL season, the team is questionable between the pipes.

During this week’s rookie tournament, it seems the Jets are impressed with what youngster Edward Pasquale is bringing to the table. Six years his junior, Pasquale will push Peter Mannino for the starting job in St. John’s when the season rolls around.

Mannino has been somewhat of an AHL staple over the past three seasons, compiling at least thirty starts in all three. Most recently he started 42 games for the Chicago Wolves last season.

Pasquale, on the other hand, has a smaller sample size to pull stats from, with only 24 AHL starts, all with the Wolves as well.

As mentioned, Pasquale is a kid born in 1990, while Mannino, a college product, is still looking to make his mark at 27 years of age. Pasquale comes from the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit, taken in the 4th round by the Thrashers in 2009.

From the Toronto Sun, coach McAmbridge had this to say about Pasquale:

“He challenges the puck well, his lateral movement is very good,” said McCambridge. “His puck-playing ability is pretty decent for a guy at his status. He’s got some real positives, development-wise.”

Neither goaltender has really shown much in the ways of brilliance. Mannino managed a strong season in 2009-10 when he posted a .921 SVP in 38 starts, but regressed to a .892 last season.

In only 24 starts, Pasquale managed to keep an even .900 at the AHL level last season. Nothing to write home about, but let’s keep in mind the small sample size again.

For all of these reasons, I think we can expect a better performance from both guys this upcoming season. Mannino will look to retain his starting job and return to bringing up that save percentage to the .920+ range, while Pasquale will be pushing him the entire way.

Right now there’s no denying that from a Jets point-of-view, Pasquale is showing more upside due to his age and potential. Whether he can take the necessary steps to improve, only time will tell. Regardless, his journey to break into the NHL takes on a new, and possibly the most important chapter this season with the IceCaps.

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