WBS Penguins AHL Clear Day Roster 3/5

Monday, March 5, 2012
 I went back to the league's presser about the Clear Day Deadline and found this tidbit to sum up the rules/regulations etc.
  • Each Clear Day roster consists of a maximum of 22 players. According to AHL by-laws, only those players listed on a team’s Clear Day roster are eligible to compete in the remainder of the 2011-12 AHL regular season and in the Calder Cup Playoffs, unless emergency conditions arise as a result of recall, injury or suspension.
  • Teams may also add signed draft choices and players signed to amateur tryout contracts, provided that their respective Junior seasons are complete.
Last season the WBS Penguins had two goalies, seven defensemen and 13 forwards make up their clear day roster. So without further ado, expect the roster to look like this:

#39 Brad Thiessen (G)
#43 Scott Munroe (G)
#3 Joey Mormina (D)
#4 Carl Sneep (D)
#7 Brian Strait (D)
#8 Nick Petersen (F)
#9 Brian Gibbons (F)
#10 Ben Street (F)
#11 Zach Sill (F)
#13 Colin McDonald (F)
#15 Robert Bortuzzo (D)
#17 Geoff Walker (F)
#18 Jason Williams (F)
#19 Bryan Lerg (F)
#20 Alex Grant (D)
#22 Ryan Craig (F)
#24 Brandon DeFazio (F)
#25 Eric Tangradi (F)
#26 Cal O'Reilly (F)
#37 Paul Thompson (F)
#45 Alexandre Picard (D)
#47 Simon Despres (D)

With only Eric Tangradi and Brad Thiessen not already on the WBS roster, things shouldn't stray too far from this roster.

Guys left off this roster like forwards Matt Rust and Steve MacIntyre along with defensemen Philip Samuelsson and Cody Wild will mostly likely be grouped in what is commonly referred to as the "Black Aces" squad or "In Residence" meaning they will be in town in case of injury, recall or suspension as listed above.

Other guys the Penguins could add to the roster would be guys like Adam Payerl, Tom Kuhnhackl and Joe Morrow, who would be eligible to sign athletic tryouts (ATO) and play in the AHL after their respective junior seasons are complete. Of the three mentioned, Morrow would be a huge addition in my opinion and a guy that could crack the lineup if he is brought in.

The Penguins will host the St. John's IceCaps for the first time in team history tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. EST. Of course, all the live updates of the action on the Twitter side @H_P_Hockey.



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