2016 AHL Free Agent Tracker

Thursday, June 30, 2016
The Chicago Wolves are undergoing significant changes on their roster and their coaching staff this offseason. Photo: Amanda Statland
Editor's Note: This will be the best way to keep up with AHL-level free agents this summer. Below are the 384 AHL-level free agents complete with a player-by-player synopsis complete with stats and insights on each player.

I have ranked the Top 50 forwards and Top 50 defensemen as well as the Top 20 goaltenders. After that, the rest of the players are in alphabetical order by position. This will be referred to daily and updated regularly.

For an exclusive team-by-team look around the AHL on how the current rosters are shaping up and where each respective team's free agents have signed, take a look at my preliminary projected AHL rosters for 2016-17.

It's that time of year again. The NHL's free agency period opens tomorrow Friday, July 1st at noon ET. Below are all of the AHL-level free agents in a complete, accurate, easy-to-navigate list.

After the jump, the high-prized AHL-level free agents starting with my top 50 forwards, top 50 defensemen and top 20 goaltenders.

High-Prized AHL-Level Free Agents
Player, (former team) - 2015-16 AHL Stats

Top Forwards

1. Andy Miele (Grand Rapids) – 75GP, 18G-44A, +18, 77 PIM
EDIT: Signed one-year, one-way deal with Philadelphia (Lehigh Valley)

The 5-8, 175 pound forward has been a dominant, point-per-game player at the AHL level since 2011. In 2015-16, Miele led all AHL Western Conference players in scoring and finished 6th in the league’s scoring race.

2. Kenny Agostino (Stockton) - 65GP, 23G-34A, -3, 18 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with St. Louis (Chicago)

Arguably the biggest surprise of restricted free agency. Agostino and his 57 points in 65 AHL games was not enough for Calgary to retain his rights for the 2016-17 season. Perhaps Calgary will work out a deal with him before July 1st, but if not he will make an AHL team loads better upon his arrival.

3. Chris Mueller (San Diego) - 63GP, 20G-37A, -10, 50 PIM
EDIT: Signed one-year, two-way deal with Arizona (Tucson)

Mueller is an elite forward at the AHL level and has been the past five years. AHL fans across the league are hoping to see their NHL club sign him to a two-way deal.

4. Mike Sislo (Albany) - 57GP, 27G-26A, +16, 18 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way deal with Colorado (San Antonio)

Sislo is an elite AHL forward that has had three straight 20-goal seasons in the Devils organization. He has the ability to put a team over the top in 2016-17.

5. Pat Cannone (Chicago) – 73GP, 20G-32A, +5, 38 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way deal with Minnesota (Iowa)

Led the Wolves in scoring last season, was an AHL All-Star and had a career year in his 5th year of pro hockey.

6. Sean Backman (Ontario) - 68GP, 21G-34A, +7, 36 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Ontario

The undersized, but speedy veteran had a career-high 21 goals and 51 points last season. If he doesn't get an NHL contract for the 2016-17 season I'm sure there will be several AHL teams interested in his services.

7. Matthew Ford (BAK) – 64GP, 27G-24A, -3, 60 PIM
EDIT: Signed a two-year AHL contract with Grand Rapids

One of AHL’s top scorers that wasn’t on an NHL contract last season. Turns 32 in October and has been a career AHL’er, but is great option for a team looking to add a veteran scorer.

8. Matt Lorito (Albany) - 71GP, 18G-36A, +16, 26 PIM
EDIT: Signed a two-year, two-way deal with Detroit (Grand Rapids)

Lorito was one of the league's top rookies this past season and was on an AHL contract. He's almost sure to get an NHL deal for 2016-17 and whichever team lands him in free agency will have a talented young forward in their system.

9. Derek Grant (Stockton) 36GP, 27G-18A, +7, 36 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Buffalo (Rochester)

Grant tallied a career high 27 goals in the AHL last season in just 36 games. A 2016 AHL All-Star that could be a very dangerous player if he plays in the AHL in 2016-17.


10. Mark Zengerle (Grand Rapids) – 72GP, 9G-38A, +2, 34 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Lehigh Valley

In his 2nd pro season out of the University of Wisconsin, Zengerle improved upon a breakout rookie season that saw him put up 15G-22A. Only Andy Miele and Eric Tangradi put up more points than Zengerle did on the Griffins this past season. He might get an NHL contract this year.

11. Carter Camper (Hershey) - 64GP, 9G-25A, +3, 16 PIM
EDIT: Signed one year, two way contract with New Jersey (Albany)

Camper's offensive production dropped in the regular season compared to years past, but he really turned it up in the postseason and was a big reason Hershey advanced to the finals. His 17 points (6G-11A) in 21 playoff games was second in the AHL.

12. Eric O'Dell (Rochester) - 67GP, 25G-23A, -16, 49 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with HK Sochi in the KHL

25-goal scorers at the AHL level don't grow on trees. O'Dell will be a great addition to whichever AHL team lands his services in 2016-17.

13. Danny Kristo (Chicago) – 71GP, 25G-23A, -2, 29 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year, two-way contract St. Louis (Chicago)

Kristo has been a 20-goal scorer in each of his three AHL seasons and will be a welcomed addition to whichever AHL club lands him.

14. Andrew Miller (Bakersfield) – 55GP, 18G-27A, +6, 18 PIM 
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Carolina (Charlotte)

Following entry level deal and one-year extension, Miller only suited up for 15 NHL games in parts of two seasons in Edmonton. At AHL level, he’s been a point-per-game player.

15. Jeremy Morin (San Jose) - 59GP, 16G-26A, +7, 44 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Tampa Bay (Syracuse)

Morin was well-traveled in 2015-16, spending time with Rockford, Toronto and San Jose. At the AHL level, he's an elite player.

16. Jason Akeson (Binghamton) - 73GP, 13G-39A, -21, 18 PIM

After being sent to Binghamton at the trade deadline, Akeson caught fire with the BSens - finishing the year with 22 points (5G-17A) in 21 games.

17. Cole Schneider (Rochester) - 73GP, 21G-35A, -20, 53 PIM
EDIT: (Schneider re-signed a 1-year, two-way contract with Buffalo)

Three straight 20-goal, 50+ point AHL seasons makes him a valuable free agent in the AHL community.

18. Joe Whitney (Bridgeport) - 36GP, 14G-19A, +9, 29 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way deal with Colorado (San Antonio)

A broken leg cost Whitney his season, but when he's healthy he's an elite AHL player depite being severely undersized at 5-6, 170 pounds.

19. Ben Street (San Antonio) - 15GP, 7G-14A, +16, 4 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way deal with Detroit (Grand Rapids)

Injury limited Street to just 22 total games in 2015-16. When healthy, Street is an elite AHL player.

20. Colin Smith (Toronto) - 77GP, 20G-36A, +4, 37 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies.

A trade from San Antonio to Toronto allowed him to play more games than a regular season team is scheduled for in 2015-16. Surprisingly wasn't retained by Toronto and the 20-goal scorer will look for a new home in 2016-17.

21. Brandon DeFazio (Providence) - 71GP, 22G-21A, +3, 38 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Texas

The physical, role player has put up back-to-back 20 goal seasons now in a complimentary scoring role. He'll have no trouble landing a new home in 2016-17.

22. Phil Varone (Binghamton) - 65GP, 19G-36A, -21, 28 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year, two-way contract with Ottawa (Binghamton)

Acquired by Ottawa at the trade deadline, Varone flourished with the BSens down the stretch - tallying 23 points (6G-17A) in 21 games in Binghamton to finish the season.

23. Gabriel Dumont (St. John's) - 71GP, 19G-30A, -14, 76 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Tampa Bay (Syracuse)

Back-to-back 45-point seasons have AHL fans intrigued on where he will play in 2016-17. Captained the IceCaps this past season.

24. Michael Chaput (Lake Erie) - 63GP, 16G-29A, +6, 31 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way deal with Vancouver (Utica)

Chaput is a great player at the AHL level and has seen some NHL time (58 games) in his first four years of pro hockey. He wasn't tendered a qualifying offer by Columbus, but will be a great addition to whichever AHL club lands him.

25. Greg Carey (Springfield) - 64GP, 26G-17A, -6, 20 PIM

EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way deal with Philadelphia (Lehigh Valley)

Carey had a breakout year with Springfield in 2015-16, leading his team with 26 goals. One of the few bright spots on an otherwise dull season for the Falcons last season.

26. Greg Rallo (Texas) - 57GP, 22G-22A, +18, 16 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Iserlohn Roosters in Germany (DEL)

Not only has Rallo had back-to-back 20-goal seasons, he's tallied 20 or more goals in five of his last six seasons. He turns 35 in August, but still has plenty left to offer an AHL team.

27. Jayson Megna (Hartford) - 68GP, 15G-29A, +7, 22 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, one-way deal with Vancouver (Utica)

A skilled forward with good skating ability and two-way play, Megna is working hard to get back into the NHL on a full-time basis in 2016-17.

28. Mike Blunden (Syracuse) - 49GP, 21G-17A, Even, 68 PIM
EDIT: Signed a two-year, two-way contract with Ottawa (Binghamton)

The physical forward had a knack for being hard around the net and topped 20 goals for the first time in his pro career.

29. Kael Mouillierat (W-B/Scranton) - 68GP, 18G-27A, -12, 89 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Lulea in Sweden (SHL)

Mouillierat is a top-six AHL forward that has four straight 40-point seasons at the AHL level.

30. Chad Nehring (Hartford) - 76GP, 22G-26A, +16, 42 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Ottawa (Binghamton)

Nehring had a breakout year in his 1st full year at the AHL level, leading Hartford in scoring. If he isn't able to land his first NHL contract this summer, there will be several interested AHL teams looking to acquire him for the 2016-17 season.

31. John McCarthy (San Jose) - 67GP, 16G-29A, +6, 22 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with San Jose

The Barracuda's alternate captain got back on track offensively in 2015-16 and brings a wealth of experience to the table.

32. Mike Halmo (Bridgeport) - 74GP, 22G-19A, -4, 117 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Tampa Bay (Syracuse)

Halmo had a career year this past season eclipsing the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his four-year pro career along with a career high 41 points in 2015-16.

33. Drew Shore (Stockton) - 59GP, 10G-28A, -17, 22 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Kloten in Switzerland (NLA)

Shore had a down year in 2015-16, but his team's overall lackluster performance may have had something to do with it. He should land on his feet and improve whichever AHL team he ends up on in 2016-17.

34. Derek Hulak (Texas) - 69GP, 17G-23A, +15, 16 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Utica

Back-to-back 40 point seasons to kick off his pro career should have AHL teams league-wide interested in his services.

35. Sean Collins (Hershey) - 75GP, 16G-23A, +4, 37 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Kunlun Red Star (KHL)

Collins was a solid complimentary player for the Bears this past season and can be a 40-point a season guy in the right situation.

36. Jim O'Brien (Albany) - 56GP, 19G-19A, +16, 48 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way deal with Colorado (San Antonio)

The skilled forward had another productive season at the AHL level, and will be a welcomed addition to whichever AHL team is lucky enough to add him to their roster in 2016-17.

37. Taylor Beck (San Antonio/Bridgeport) - 50GP, 17G-17A, +5, 32 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year deal with Edmonton (Bakersfield)

Beck was sent to Colorado at the trade deadline and finished the year in San Antonio before not getting a qualifying offer last week. He could be an attractive free agent for teams looking for depth at the forward position.

38. John Albert (Manitoba) - 66GP, 12G-24A, -10, 20 PIM
EDIT: Signed with Karpat in Finland's Liiga.

After back-to-back seasons with over 42 points in the AHL, Albert's offensive production took a bit of a plunge last season on a lackluster Moose team. He's still a reliable veteran forward that will make whichever AHL team he joins next better. He's two years removed from a 28-goal season and hoping to get back to that in 2016-17.

39. Austen Brassard (Manitoba) - 75GP, 15G-21A, -11, 48 PIM

In his second full season of AHL hockey, Brassard doubled his offensive production but it still wasn't enough for Winnipeg to retain his rights as an RFA Monday. It appears as though he'll be hitting the free agent market which is good news for teams looking to add some depth at the forward position.

40. Corban Knight (Portland) - 33GP, 4G-7A, -11, 8 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Judging by his AHL stats, you might be surprised he's this high up on the free agent rankings. He plays much better than his stats last year indicate and he also spent 20 games in the NHL with Florida in 2015-16 and on a similar scoring rate. Right situation will heed great AHL numbers in 2016-17.

41. Justin Shugg (Charlotte) – 59GP, 13G-22A, -1, 36 PIM
EDIT: Signed a contract with Dinamo Riga (KHL)

One year removed from a 20-goal season, Shugg was 6th on Charlotte in 2015-16 in scoring and is still a formidable AHL option for a team looking for complimentary scorers. He likes to shoot the puck (128 SOG in 2015-16).

42. Tim Schaller (Rochester) - 37GP, 12G-14A, -8, 48 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Boston (Providence)

A classic tweener player who can play in an NHL bottom-six, but does plenty of damage as a top-tier AHL player.

43. Reid Petryk (San Antonio) - 72GP, 15G-22A, -7, 34 PIM
EDIT: Signed a two-year, two-way deal with Colorado (San Antonio)
 
Petryk didn't disappoint in his first full season in the AHL, finishing 6th on San Antonio in scoring in 2015-16.

44. Trevor Parkes (San Jose) - 68GP, 18G-23A, +4, 73 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Ausburger Panthers in German DEL

Parkes' 5th season of pro hockey was his first full season at the AHL level, and he certainly made the most of it.

45. Cody Hodgson (Milwaukee) - 14GP, 4G-7A, +1, 0 PIM

The 10th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, Hodgson has bounced around from Vancouver to Buffalo and last year with Nashville - racking up 328 NHL games of experience. This past season, he was sent to AHL Milwaukee and has subsequently been not tendered a qualifying offer. If he plays in the AHL in 2016-17, expect great things from him.

46. Antoine Laganiere (San Diego) - 57GP, 16G-16A, Even, 36 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with San Diego Gulls

Laganiere put up by far his best season as a pro in 2015-16 with career highs in goals, assists and points. If his strong season doesn't garner him an NHL contract in 2016-17, there will be plenty of AHL teams interested in signing him.

47. Zach Boychuk (Charlotte) – 72GP, 12G-18A, -30, 16 PIM
EDIT: Signed a professional tryout with the Arizona Coyotes

Two years removed from a 36-goal, 74-point season, Boychuk had a rough year in Charlotte before being loaned to Bakersfield last spring.

48. T.J. Hensick (Charlotte/Utica) – 65GP, 9G-31A,-18, 12 PIM
EDIT: Signed  an AHL deal with the Ontario Reign

The 9-year pro has loads of experience, but is coming off a below average season by his standards.

49. Zach Sill (Hershey) - 63GP, 9G-13A, +12, 49 PIM
(EDIT: Re-signed 2-year, 2-way deal with Washington)

Sill is a prototypical bottom-six forward that is a great defensive forward that excels on the penalty kill and in the face-off dot. He's a role player at the AHL level that all teams need, and he does that job very well.

Defensemen

1. T.J. Brennan (Toronto) - 69GP, 25G-43A, +34, 53 PIM
EDIT: Signed a two-year, two-way contract with Philadelphia (Lehigh Valley)

If Brennan doesn't hop the pond for an overseas payout, he'll be an elite AHL defender like he has been the past several years.

2. Will O'Neill (W-B/Scranton) - 74GP, 8G-42A, +2, 78 PIM
EDIT: Signed a two-year, two-way deal with Philadelphia (Lehigh Valley)

O'Neill is an elite offensive defenseman at the AHL level.

3. Morgan Ellis (St. John's) - 73GP, 16G-26A, +2, 51 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with St. Louis (Chicago)

Ellis had a breakout year in 2015-16, was a 2016 AHL All-Star and set career highs in goals, assists and points last season.

4. Cameron Gaunce (Portland) - 75GP, 2G-35A, +1, 60 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Pittsburgh (W-B/Scranton)

Gaunce had a breakout year with Portland in 2015-16, was a 2016 AHL All-Star and the backbone of the Pirates' defense last season.

5. Zach Redmond (San Antonio) - 11GP, 3G-4A, +6, 6 PIM
EDIT: Signed a two-year deal with Montreal (St. John's)

Spent most of the year in the NHL with Colorado (2G-4A in 37GP), but can be an elite AHL defensemen if a team is looking for depth on the blue line.

6. Taylor Fedun (Utica) - 63GP, 8G-25A, +3, 48 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Buffalo (Rochester)

Fedun has had three straight 30-point seasons in the AHL and is a mobile puck-mover.

7. Brad Hunt (Bakersfield) – 57GP, 13G-28A, +5, 18 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with St. Louis (Chicago)

A smallish blueliner at 5-9, but a team looking for a veteran offensive defenseman should look no further. A 2015-16 AHL All-Star defenseman.

8. Alex Grant (Springfield) - 69GP, 11G-31A, -34, 57 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Boston Bruins (Providence)

The plus/minus might scare you away, but this offensive defenseman has a booming shot from the point and can quarterback an AHL power play with ease. His poor plus/minus is more a reflection of his team's overall play in 2015-16.

9. Steve Oleksy (W-B/Scranton) - 63GP, 2G-17A, +8, 123 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year, two-way contract with Pittsburgh (W-B/Scranton)

A physical defensive defenseman, Oleksy had a career high offensive year with the Pens last season.

10. Stuart Percy (Toronto) - 58GP, 4G-20A, +3, 47 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Pittsburgh (W-B/Scranton)

It's not too often a team doesn't retain a 1st round pick in restricted free agency. Did Toronto give up on the 23-year-old too soon or was he simply not a fit in the Maple Leafs organization?

11. Philip Samuelsson (Springfield) - 56GP, 4G-27A, -8, 32 PIM

EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Montreal (St. John's)

Samuelsson had a career year on an underachieving Springfield team, and could be a great addition to an AHL blue line in 2016-17.

12. Matt Irwin (Providence) - 64GP, 5G-25A, +1, 27 PIM

EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Nashville (Milwaukee)

The veteran offensive defenseman has a chance to be an elite AHL player in 2016-17.

13. Marc-Andre Gragnani (Albany) - 57GP, 1G-30A, Even, 16 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Dinamo Minsk (KHL)

The veteran offensive defenseman had his 2nd straight 30-point season and although his NHL days might be behind him he's still a great player at the AHL level who also brings a wealth of experience to the blue line.

14. Andre Benoit (Chicago) – 72GP, 8G-25A, Even, 26 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Malmo Redhawks in the SHL

After two and a half seasons in the NHL, Benoit spent most of the 2015-16 season in the AHL. He still has plenty of experience (11 years pro) and offensive ability from the blue line.

15. Matt Donovan (Rochester) - 73GP, 8G-23A, -23, 61 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Frolunda in Sweden (SHL)

The plus/minus wasn't good in 2015-16, but Donovan put up points in bunches as a member of Rochester this past season and has NHL experience.

16. Michael Kostka (Binghamton) - 50GP, 5G-24A, +3, 20 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year, two-way contract with Ottawa (Binghamton)

While in the AHL, Kostka was a top-pairing defenseman playing in all situations for the BSens in 2015-16 and was the team's lone representative in the AHL All-Star Classic.

17. Michael Paliotta (Lake Erie) - 68GP, 8G-15A, +4, 29 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with New York Rangers (Hartford)

A former 2011-3rd round pick of Chicago, Paliotta put up decent numbers in his rookie season at the pro level following four years at the Univeristy of Vermont but wasn't tendered a qualifying offer by Columbus. At 23-years-old, a 6-3 offensive defenseman might draw attention in free agency.

18. Patrick Mullen (Milwaukee) - 65GP, 3G-27A, +1, 30 PIM
EDIT: Signed a contract with Dinamo Riga (KHL)

The offensively-minded defenseman began the year with Binghamton and finished in Milwaukee after a mid-season trade.

19. Tommy Cross (Providence) - 64GP, 3G-20A, +5, 97 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year, two-way contract with Boston (Providence)

A fine year for the captain of the PBruins in 2015-16. His experience will help out whichever AHL team he lands on in 2016-17.

20. Jeff Schultz (Ontario) - 66GP, 3G-15A, +17, 24 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Anaheim (San Diego)

The veteran defenseman has had an AHL role in the Kings organization the past three years, but his 409 NHL games of experience would be a welcomed addition to an AHL team in need of a veteran presence to stabilize prospects.

21. Peter Harrold (Chicago) – 70GP, 1G-23A, +6, 24 PIM

Another veteran defenseman who was on the Wolves last season. Turned 33 years old in June and had a good year in the AHL, but how much does he have left in the tank?

22. Erik Burgdoerfer (Hershey) - 74GP, 6G-14A, +10, 59 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Buffalo (Rochester)

Burgdoerfer proved to be a valuable part of the Bears' blueline last season, and could help out whichever AHL team lands his services in 2016-17.

23. Justin Holl (Toronto) - 60GP, 5G-16A, +32, 15 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year entry level contract with Toronto.

Holl exceeded expectations playing on a talented AHL team in his first full year at this level.

24. Chad Ruhwedel (Rochester) - 59GP, 10G-16A, -19, 26 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Pittsburgh (W-B/Scranton)

This puck-moving defenseman has a great shot and can play on the power play. All three of his pro seasons have seen him put up at least 26 points. Should put up more on a stronger team.

25. Jakub Nakadal (Stockton) - 35GP, 2G-12A, -3, 30 PIM

In his first season in North American pro hockey, Nakadal split the season between Stockton and Calgary. He might be heading back overseas before taking another NHL contract depending on his perceived chances of playing in the NHL.

26. Jerome Leduc (Binghamton) - 76GP, 11G-15A, -22, 34 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with HC Dynamo Pardubice in Czech Republic pro league

Leduc tallied a career high 11 goals in his fourth season of pro hockey split between Rochester and Binghamton in 2015-16.

27. Karl Stollery (San Jose) - 67GP, 6G-18A, Even, 65 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey (Albany)

The 28-year-old defenseman is pretty consistent at the AHL level and is good for 25-30 points a year.

28. Brandon Burlon (Albany) - 56GP, 4G-17A, +1, 56 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Tucson RoadRunners (Arizona)

Burlon spent five years with the Devils organization and appears to be heading to free agency to find a new home.

29. Maxime Fortunus (Iowa) - 66GP, 6G-11A, -5, 18 PIM

After six years in the Dallas Stars organization, the veteran blue liner landed with the Iowa Wild where he performed well despite the team's overall lack of performance in the standings.

30. Chris Breen (Providence) - 66GP, 1G-11A, +9, 38 PIM
EDIT: Signed an AHL contract with Providence

The 6-7, 229 pound blue liner played a responsible two-way game and also chipped in with career high offensive numbers in 2015-16.

31. Chris Butler (Chicago) – 46GP, 4G-14A, -14, 39 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with St. Louis (Chicago)

His 8th season of pro hockey produced near career-high offensive totals, but a minus 14 rating. 387 NHL games of experience on his resume.

32. Bobby Sanguinetti (Rochester) - 40GP, 7G-8A, -5, 22 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with EHC Kloten (NLA)

A far cry from his 40-point AHL All-Star defenseman season from 2014-15, but he could have a bounce back year in 2016-17 and be an elite AHL defender again.

33. Adam Comrie (Lehigh Valley) - 32GP, 9G-6A, -3, 11 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Syracuse

Comrie's AHL numbers might seem a bit low for an offensive defenseman until you realize he spent the first half of the season stowed away in the ECHL. He scored a combined 24 goals in the 2015-16 season as a defenseman.

34. Jon Landry (Utica) - 47GP, 7G-19A, Even, 38 PIM

The veteran defender has been a career AHL'er.

35. Colby Robak (Rochester) - 73GP, 5G-15A, -17, 50 PIM

The veteran defender found himself on an AHL deal with Rochester this past season and he played well on an under-performing Americans team in 2015-16.

36. Kevin Czuczman (Bridgeport) - 74GP, 4G-11A, +1, 95 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Manitoba Moose

Czuzcman was one of Bridgeport's best defensemen this past season, and possibly more importantly has experience but doesn't fall under what the AHL terms as veteran players so he won't take up one of those spots on an AHL roster.

37. Kane Lafranchise (Bridgeport) - 33GP, 1G-14A, -1, 6 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Bridgeport

Lafranchise spent the second half of the year in the AHL and didn't look out of place at all with Bridgeport down the stretch.

38. Tyson Strachan (Iowa) - 67GP, 1G-12A, -15, 68 PIM

Strachan put up decent numbers on a not so good Iowa team last season. The 31-year-old has 186 NHL games under his belt and nine years of pro hockey experience.

39. Davis Drewiske (Lehigh Valley) - 73GP, 5G-9A, +1, 16 PIM

The veteran defensive defenseman kept Lehigh Valley from sinking this past season amidst a ton of injuries and a first year head coach at both levels in the organization. Drewiske also finished the season strong and logged major minutes on the penalty kill.

40. Shane O'Brien (San Diego) - 57GP, 1G-16A, -8, 81 PIM

At 32 years old, it appears his NHL days are behind him. That's good news for AHL teams that need depth on the blue line.

41. Nate Guenin (San Antonio) - 24GP, 2G-9A, -2, 14 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Anaheim (San Diego)

After two full years in the NHL with Colorado, Guenin split time between Colorado and San Antonio last season. Teams in the market for a veteran depth defenseman will inquire.

42. Justin Falk (Lake Erie) - 32GP, 2G-7A, +3, 43 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Buffalo (Rochester)

Falk won a Calder Cup with Lake Erie, but appears to be hitting the free agent market on July 1st. A classic tweener player who has been up and down between the NHL and AHL since the 2009-10 season, Falk has 171 NHL games of experience.

43. Steve Eminger (Lake Erie) - 19GP, 5G-9A, +14, 14 PIM

Eminger's NHL days have ended, but he is still a reliable veteran presence on the blue line in the AHL. He'll be turning 33 in October, but there appears to still be plenty left in the tank.

44. Gus Young (San Jose) - 68GP, 3G-16A, +8, 59 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Chicago Wolves

Young put up similar numbers in his 2nd pro season with the Sharks' AHL affiliate in 2015-16.

45. Ryan Stanton (Hershey) - 60GP, 4G-12A, +14, 69 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way deal with Colorado (San Antonio)

Stanton brings plenty of experience to an AHL blue line and is a two-way player that can be useful in most on-ice situations.

46. Derek Smith (Springfield) - 28GP, 2G-17A, -5, 10 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Medvescak Zagreb in the KHL

In his first season back in North America, Smith was hampered by injuries.

47. Scooter Vaughn (Chicago) – 68GP, 3G-11A, -1, 56 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Chicago

Vaughn has worked his way into pro hockey from the NCAA to two years in the ECHL to his third straight AHL season in 2015-16. A dependable third pairing AHL defenseman.

Goaltenders

1. Michael Leighton (Rockford): 46GP, 28-8-8, 2.44 GAA, .918 SV%, 5 SO

If the AHL's all-time shutouts leader wants to return for another AHL season, he'll have plenty of interested teams.

2. Yann Danis (Albany): 47GP, 28-12-5, 2.22 GAA, .908 SV%, 8 SO 
EDIT: On a tryout at Anaheim Ducks training camp

On a strong defensive team like Albany, Danis thrived and had a career year with highs in wins (28) and shutouts (8).

3. Jeremy Smith (Providence): 20GP, 13-5-1, 2.02 GAA, .934 SV%, 1 SO
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way deal with Colorado (San Antonio)

Smith was loaned to Iowa (AHL) to start the year but was returned after Malcolm Subban broke his larynx and played well for the PBruins down the stretch. A solid AHL veteran goaltender that is capable of being a starter.

4. Justin Peters (Hershey): 37GP, 17-8-7, 3.04 GAA, .896 SV%, 1 SO
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way deal with Arizona (Tucson)

Peters' numbers in the regular season were average, but he stepped up when his team needed it most - pushing Hershey into the Calder Cup Finals this past season.

5. Joe Cannata (Utica): 40GP, 20-13-6, 2.52 GAA, .909 SV%, 2 SO
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Washington (Hershey)

Split starts with Richard Bachman last season in Utica, and had better numbers. Should be an AHL starter somewhere in 2016-17.

6. Brad Thiessen (Lake Erie): 22GP, 12-4-4, 1.95 GAA, .929 SV%, 3 SO
EDIT: On a tryout at Columbus Blue Jackets training camp

Once a 35-game winner at the AHL level, Thiessen has been back and forth between the AHL and ECHL the past three years after a decision to head overseas. Still, his combined record last year stands at 22-8-8 with four shutouts and that is something that might be worth a look for an AHL team in need of depth in net.

7. Joni Ortio (Stockton): 20GP, 9-9-0, 3.36 GAA, .893 SV%, 0 SO

Ortio had a rough year with the Flames' AHL affiliate in Stockton, but fared better in 22 NHL games with Calgary this past season. Surprisingly wasn't tendered a qualifying offer earlier this week.

8. Dan Ellis (Hershey) - 43GP, 25-12-5, 2.38 GAA, .908 SV%, 4 SO
EDIT: Retired from pro hockey

One of the oldest goalies in the AHL last season, but formed a formidable duo with Justin Peters before losing the starting job down the stretch. An NHL team looking for a reliable #3 organizational goaltender to mentor a young goalie in the AHL will snatch him up in free agency.

9. Aaron Dell (San Jose): 40GP, 17-16-6, 2.42 GAA, .922 SV%, 4 SO

EDIT: Re-signed a re-signed a two-year, two-way contract with San Jose.

Besides the .500 record, Dell's numbers were every bit as good as top goalie free agent Michael Leighton's were in 2016-17. On a good defensive team, Dell can easily be a top-10 AHL goaltender in 2016-17.

10. Kevin Poulin (Stockton): 29GP, 14-11-3, 2.86 GAA, .909 SV%, 2 SO

Poulin is still a capable AHL goaltender who should have no problem finding work in 2016-17.

11. Casey DeSmith (W-B/Scranton): 6GP, 2-2-0, 1.94 GAA, .925 SV%, 0 SO

EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

DeSmith joined the Pens from the ECHL down the stretch and took them to the 7th game of the 2nd round of the postseason. Potential AHL backup job somewhere for him in 2016-17 if not back with the Pens.

12. Niklas Treutle (Springfield): 39GP, 12-19-5, 3.04 GAA, .905 SV%, 2 SO

Treutle wasn't retained by Arizona earlier this week and will head to free agency after an up and down first pro season in North America. Overseas hockey is a possibility for the German-born goaltender.

13. Tom McCollum (Grand Rapids): 30GP, 15-13-0, 2.42 GAA, .923 SV%, 1 SO

EDIT: Signed a professional tryout contract (PTO) with the Los Angeles Kings

McCollum spent all seven years of his pro hockey career with Grand Rapids, but Jared Correau – a qualified RFA – took over the AHL #1 spot with a 29-win season and it might be time for McCollum to move on from Detroit’s organization.

14. Jeff Malcolm (Hartford): 14GP, 7-5-0, 2.41 GAA, .912 SV%, 2 SO 
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Hartford WolfPack

Malcolm has proven he's a more than capable AHL backup goaltender over the past two seasons.

15. Martin Ouellette (Lehigh Valley): 9GP, 5-3-0, 2.36 GAA, .933 SV%, 2 SO
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Lehigh Valley

Ouellette was primarily a backup AHL goaltender in 2015-16, but when he got a real chance to start some games late in the season he shined. He's hoping his next AHL deal will land him more time at this level.

16. Nathan Lieuwen (Rochester): 28GP, 14-11-2, 2.91 GAA, .909 SV%, 2 SO
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with San Antonio

The 6-5, 190 pound goalie performed ably on an underachieving Rochester team in 2015-16.


17. Rasmus Tirronen (Charlotte): 11GP, 6-2-1, 3.09 GAA, .888 SV%, 0 SO

Tironen split time between the AHL and ECHL in his first full season of pro hockey, but wasn’t tendered a qualifying offer by Carolina.

18. Jason LaBarbera (Lehigh Valley): 23GP, 7-14-0, 3.02 GAA, .899 SV%, 1 SO
EDIT: Retired from pro hockey to pursue goaltending coach duties with WHL's Calgary Hitmen

LaBarbera battled injuries throughout the entirety of the 2015-16 season but still had something left in the tank when he was healthy. Age & injury concerns becoming an issue for the 36-year-old veteran netminder.

19. Ben Scrivens (Bakersfield/St. John's): 10GP, 2-6-1, 3.47 GAA, .893 SV%, 1 SO
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with HC Dinamo Minsk in the KHL

Scrivens bounced from the Edmonton organization to Montreal, where he finished the year in the AHL. Could be a veteran depth goalie for an NHL club in need of a third goalie they can stow in the minors.

20. Alex Stalock (Toronto): 3GP, 1-2-0, 2.66 GAA, .907 SV%, 0 SO
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way deal with Minnesota (Iowa)

Veteran goaltender who is more than capable of being a #3 goalie in an NHL organization. Spent most of 2015-16 as a backup NHL goalie in San Jose.

Forwards

Luke Adam (Hartford) - 59GP, 12G-17A, -8, 30 PIM

A bit of a down year for Adam, but he's only two years removed from a 29-goal season in 59 AHL games.

Andrew Aggozino (San Antonio) - 41GP, 12G-17A, -13, 32 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with St. Louis (Chicago)

Aggozino got his first real taste of the NHL this past season. Has season point totals of 52, 49, and 64 in his previous full seasons at the AHL level.

Brandon Alderson (Lehigh Valley) - 18GP, 0G-1A, -6, 8 PIM

EDIT: Signed an ECHL contract with Greenville Swamp Rabbits Alderson showed promise in his rookie season with 14 goals, but he tallied a total of three AHL goals in the last two seasons that were primarily spent in the ECHL. He really fell out of favor with the Flyers management/staff last season.

Seth Ambroz (Lake Erie) - 3GP, 0G-0A, Even, 0 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with Cincinnati Cyclones

After four years at the University of Minnesota, Ambroz was primarily an ECHL player in 2015-16 with the Cincinnati Cyclones (4G-6A in 58GP).

Mike Angelidis (Syracuse) - 53GP, 7G-8A, -10, 75 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with the Stockton Heat

The Crunch's captain for the last four seasons is a heart and soul type center who plays sound defensive hockey and played a prominent role on the PK in 2015-16.

Olivier Archambault (Iowa) - 6GP, 0G-0A, -1, 2 PIM

EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with South Carolina Stingrays


In his second year with the Iowa Wild organization, the former 4th round pick in 2011 (Montreal) was relegated to ECHL duty with Quad City but averaged over a point-per-game in the ECHL with 52 points (22G-30A) in 50 games in 2015-16.

Darren Archiblad (Utica) - 51GP, 10G-9A, -2, 96 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Utica

Archibald plays a physical brand of hockey and has shown he can provide some offense too from time to time.

Bill Arnold (Stockton) - 52GP, 9G-13A, -12, 20 PIM

The former Boston College standout had a sophomore slump in his 2nd pro season in the Flames organization, but perhaps a change of scenery will provide a spark for him.

Vincent Arseneau (San Jose) - 5GP, 0G-0A, -3, 7 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with Wichita Thunder

Areseneau spent most of the 2015-16 season in the ECHL with Allen (40GP, 14G-13A, +1, 68 PIM).

Spencer Asuchak (Chicago) – 30GP, 3G-1A, -2, 29 PIM
EDIT: Signed a professional tryout contract with Toronto Marlies (AHL)

The 6-5 forward saw his largest AHL stint of his three-year pro career in 2015-16, but that was a season split between the AHL and ECHL. He was impressive in the Allen Americans ECHL Championship run with 13 points (6G-7A) in 23 ECHL playoff games this past Spring.

Matt Bailey (San Diego) - 51GP, 6G-13A, +14, 34 PIM

Bailey wasn't qualified by Anaheim and will be hitting free agency as his entry level contract expired following a breakout senior season at the University of Alaska-Anchorage where he was the team's captain.

Tyler Barnes (Bridgeport) - 2GP, 2G-0A, -1, 2 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL deal with Rockford for 2016-17.

Barnes was a dominant player in the ECHL last season (24G-37A in 69GP) and might be ready to make the jump to the AHL in 2016-17.

Colton Beck (Iowa) - 52GP, 8G-13A, -6, 12 PIM

Beck performed ably in his third year of pro hockey, his first real taste of consistent AHL action.

Matt Berry (San Diego) - 15GP, 3G-1A, Even, 4 PIM

The undersized, offensively-minded forward split last season between the AHL and ECHL where he was a point-per-game player with Utah (16G-21A in 38GP).

Alex Belzile (San Antonio) - 25GP, 6G-4A, +2, 10 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with San Antonio

His fourth pro season was split between the AHL and ECHL, his most AHL games played in a season in his pro career.

Tyler Biggs (W-B/Scranton) - 11GP, 1G-1A, +1, 11 PIM

Injuries derailed Biggs' season. The former 1st round pick of Toronto needs another change of scenery.

Paul Bissonnette (Ontario) - 35GP, 2G-1A, -2, 51 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Ontario Reign

Veteran tough guy and outspoken Bissonnette is expected to hit free agency on July 1st. Hockey is getting away from enforcers and physical play, but perhaps an AHL team might have room for a guy like Bissonnette.

Patrick Bordeleau (San Antonio) - 55GP, 0G-5A, -15, 72 PIM

EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Cardiff Devils (EIHL)

The physical veteran forward spent this past season entirely in the AHL.

Rob Bordson (Iowa) - 60GP, 9G-14A, -5, 17 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Fischtown in Germany

Bordson began with Providence before finding a permanent home with Iowa last season. The 28-year-old AHL veteran brings plenty of experience and could be a good depth option for AHL clubs seeking help in their bottom six.

Michael Bournival (St. John's) - 20GP, 1G-7A, -7, 12 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Tampa Bay (Syracuse)

Wasn't tendered a qualifying offer by Montreal earlier this week and hits free agency Friday.

Ryan Bourque (Hershey) - 75GP, 11G-18A, +1, 23 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Hershey

Bourque captained Hartford before being acquired by Hershey at the trade deadline. He plays a sound two-way game and plays with speed and tenacity despite his smaller stature.

David Broll (Syracuse) - 60GP, 2G-6A, -11, 112 PIM
EDIT: On a tryout at Montreal Canadiens training camp

One-dimensional enforcer wasn't tendered a qualifying offer and is a free agent.

Tyler Brown (Hartford) - 65GP, 4G-9A, -4, 20 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Brown was a depth player for the WolfPack in 2015-16.

Milos Bubela (Utica) - 8GP, 0G-1A, -4, 2 PIM

Bubela joined Utica following his senior season at RPI last spring.

Brett Bulmer (Iowa) - 58GP, 3G-8A, -12, 73 PIM

Bulmer appeared in three NHL games with Minnesota this past season, but finds himself hitting free agency on July 1st after not receiving a qualifying offer earlier this week.

Raphael Bussieres (Iowa) - 5GP, 0G-2A, Even, 4 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Olimpija Ljubljana in Belgium

A 2012-2nd round pick by Minnesota, Bussieres is moving on to free agency after splitting time between the ECHL and AHL in his three years with the Wild organization.

Anthony Camara (Charlotte) – 48GP, 3G-10A, -8, 71 PIM

Camara joined Charlotte late in the season after spending the previous two and a half years with Providence. 3G-5A in 15GP with Charlotte to finish out his entry level contract.

Matt Carey (Iowa) - 21GP, 2G-2A, -6, 14 PIM

In his second year of pro hockey, Carey played mainly an ECHL role where he put up 47 points (25G-22A) in 49 games with Quad City in 2015-16.

Sam Carrick (Toronto) - 52GP, 16G-18A, +11, 90 PIM

EDIT: Signed a one-year. two-way contract with Chicago (Rockford)

A solid AHL player, Toronto opted not to retain his rights for the 2016-17 season.

Trevor Cheek (San Antonio) - 34 GP, 4G-5A, Even, 21 PIM

EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with Fort Wayne Komets

Cheek was productive offensively at the ECHL level in 2015-16 (17G-8A in 28GP), but hasn't been able to stick in the AHL on a full-time basis.

Andrew Cherniwchan (Providence) - 55GP, 4G-4A, -11, 39 PIM

The phsyical bottom-six AHL forward spent his first full season at the AHL level in 2015-16 on the PBruins.

Daniel Ciampini (Rockford) - 10GP, 1G-0A, -1, 2 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with the Ontario Reign

Ciampini spent his first full season of pro hockey following a four-year collegiate career at Union in the ECHL with Indy, racking up 38 points (14G-24A) in 48 ECHL games.

Marc-Andre Cliche (Bridgeport) - 44GP, 7G-20A, Even, 40 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Toronto

A two-way center, Cliche can also play the wing and brings plenty of experience to the table.

Richard Clune (Toronto) - 49GP, 8G-16A, +20, 146 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Toronto

The veteran scrappy forward's NHL days aren't too far behind him. Still a very capable player.

Jack Combs (Hartford) - 18GP, 2G-2A, +7, 2 PIM
EDIT: Signed a tryout with Fischtown (DEL)

The veteran forward has proven he can be a valuable depth addition to an AHL roster over the years.

Patrice Cormier (Manitoba) - 65GP, 15G-17A, -16, 73 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Manitoba Moose

Cormier has been a member of the Winnipeg Jets organization since they were in Atlanta, but after nearly matching an AHL-career high offensive season it appears he'll be hitting the free agent market on July 1st.

Christopher Crane (San Jose) - 9GP, 0G-2A, -1, 4 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with the Allen Americans

Crane was an ECHL player last year with Allen tallying an impressive 38 points in 41 games. Only 32 AHL games for Crane in the last three years, so no qualifying offer from the Sharks earlier this week.

Jerry D'Amigo (Rochester) - 59GP, 12G-12A, -8, 42 PIM

A proven AHL veteran, D'Amigo can be a great complimentary scorer on whichever team he lands on in 2016-17.

Derek DeBlois (Lake Erie) - 35GP, 3G-2A, -4, 23 PIM

Spent his second pro season split between the AHL and ECHL, where he had much better production offensively in the ECHL to the tune of 20 points (8G-12A) in 23 games.

Dan DeSalvo (Manitoba) - 17GP, 5G-9A, +3, 4 PIM

DeSalvo began his rookie year of pro hockey in the ECHL and after 51 points (16G-35A) in 55 games, he joined Manitoba and remained hot offensively. He's undersized standing at 5-8, but looked good in his short stint in the AHL last spring and could find himself in the AHL full-time somewhere in 2016-17.

Phil DeSimone (Lehigh Valley) - 28GP, 5G-8A, -4, 26 PIM
EDIT: On a tryout in Montreal Canadiens training camp (St. John's IceCaps?)

Arriving to the AHL mid-season after trouble overseas in Austria, DeSimone was a welcomed addition to a Phantoms team that needed depth down the middle due to injuries and call ups. DeSimone performed ably in his time in Lehigh Valley.

Jamie Devane (Milwaukee) - 65GP, 6G-5A, -7, 82 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Stockton

Acquired by Nashville from Toronto last July, it appears the 6-foot-5 forward is hitting the free agent market on July 1st after one year with the Predators' AHL affiliate in Milwaukee.

Daniel Doremus (San Jose) - 20GP, 1G-2A, -3, 8 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with Manchester

Doremus' first pro season was split between the AHL and ECHL.

Nick Drazenovic (San Antonio) - 35GP, 2G-8A, +1, 12 PIM

Injuries have hampered his career the past two years.

David Dziurzynski (Binghamton) - 43GP, 8G-12A, -4, 73 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Iserlohn (DEL)

Dziurzynski has spent his entire pro career in the Ottawa Senators organization, but after six years it looks like he will need to find a new home to continue his hockey career in 2016-17. The physical grinding type forward excels on the PK and fills a bottom-six role well.

Tanner Eberle (Iowa) - 5GP, 0G-0A, -1, 4 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with the Allen Americans

Eberle was primarily an ECHL player in 2015-16 with Quad City where he put up 18 points in 40 games.

Markus Eisenschmid (St. John's) - 28GP, 1G-4A, -1, 0 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with St. John's (AHL)

Eisenschmid made his pro debut in the AHL this past season with limited results.

Matt Ellis (Rochester) - 58GP, 6G-6A, -12, 6 PIM

An alternate captain last season, Ellis is a reliable depth forward at the AHL level that has plenty of experience and is only two years removed from NHL action.

Turner Elson (Stockton) - 63GP, 14G-16A, -12, 59 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way deal with Colorado (San Antonio)

An alternate captain in his third pro season, Elson was productive at the AHL level in the 2015-16 season.

Travis Ewanyk (Binghamton) - 66GP, 5G-4A, -6, 110 PIM

The chippy fourth line forward recently finished his third season of pro hockey and could be a depth option on an AHL deal for teams in 2016-17.

Eric Faille (Toronto) - 15GP, 7G-3A, +5, 2 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Toronto

Primarily and ECHL player in his 2nd pro year but put up 60 points (24G-36A) in 56 ECHL games in 2015-16.

Brett Findlay (Toronto) - 39GP, 6G-11A, +9, 6 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Toronto

Has split the past two seasons between the AHL and ECHL, with better offensive production in the ECHL.

Kyle Flanagan (Binghamton) - 44GP, 6G-14A, Even, 16 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Binghamton

In his return to North America after a one-year stint in Sweden, the undersized Flanagan chipped in a respectable 20 points in 44 games for the BSens on an AHL deal in 2015-16. 

Rob Flick (Portland) - 60GP, 7G-14A, -10, 75 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with South Carolina Stingrays

Not quite as strong a season from Flick in 2015-16 after 19 goals with Providence in 2014-15, but he's proven he's a more than capable forward at the AHL level the past few years.

Justin Florek (Bridgeport) - 76GP, 7G-9A, -10, 31 PIM

Florek had a down year in 2015-16, but is still a capable AHL player that can fill a bottom-six role.

Dane Fox (Charlotte) – 2GP, 0G-1A, +1, 0 PIM

EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with Missouri Mavericks

His 2nd pro season, much like his first, was spent almost exclusively in the ECHL where he was a dominant player. 26G-24A in 53 ECHL games in 2015-16.

Matt Fraser (Rockford) - 65GP, 7G-14A, -6, 14 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Rogle BK in Sweden

Fraser moved from Manitoba to Rockford mid-season and put up similar numbers with the IceHogs down the stretch before not being tendered a qualifying offer and become a UFA.

Matt Frattin (Toronto) - 71GP, 13G-21A, +3, 51 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Stockton

Despite being traded to the Ottawa organization at the trade deadline, the Senators allowed Frattin to be loaned to the Marlies to finish the season in AHL Toronto anyway.

Alex Friesen (Utica) - 65GP, 14G-17A, -1, 75 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with St. Louis (Chicago)

Friesen has proven to be a reliable AHL forward the past three years in Utica.

Jiri Fronk (Manitoba) - 33GP, 6G-2A, +1, 8 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Manitoba 

In his 1st pro season, the Czech born forward played mainly a depth role in the AHL with the Moose - appearing in 33 games.

Matt Garbowsky (Rochester) - 16GP, 0G-1A, -2, 0 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with the Colorado Eagles

Garbowsky's rookie season was spent between the AHL and ECHL in 2015-16.

Luke Gazdic (Bakersfield) – 11GP, 1G-2A, +1, 6 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey (Albany)

An enforcer in Edmonton’s organization for three years, Gazdic wasn’t tendered a qualifying offer this summer. 136 career NHL games on this 26-year-old’s resume.

Dustin Gazley (Hershey) - 61GP, 14G-17A, +13, 47 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Hershey

The small speedy winger was a solid complimentary scorer for the Bears last season.

Brian Gibbons (Hartford) - 63GP, 6G-17A, -5, 30 PIM
EDIT: Signed a tryout with the New Jersey Devils

The small speedy winger has bounced from organization to organization looking for his path to the NHL full-time. Another change of scenery looks to be in order.

Sahir Gill (W-B/Scranton) - 21GP, 5G-9A, +4, 2 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Can become a complimentary scoring forward in an AHL bottom-six in the right situation.

Jared Gomes (Bridgeport) - 60GP, 8G-9A, +6, 34 PIM

Gomes hasn't had much offensive success since a 33-point rookie pro season in 2012-13, but was a reliable AHL player this past season in Bridgeport and could be a solid depth addition by an AHL club this summer in free agency.

Kevin Goumas (Lehigh Valley) - 58GP, 6G-7A, -13, 16 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year deal with Mora IK (Allsvenskan)

Primarily a fourth line AHL player, Goumas plays a speedy, tenacious two-way game and was useful on the penalty kill and in an energy role last season.

Alex Guptill (Rochester) - 23GP, 3G-6A, +1, 32 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with Manchester Monarchs

Guptill split the 2015-16 season between the AHL and ECHL, and wasn't tendered a qualifying offer by Buffalo.

Ryan Haggerty (Rockford) - 36GP, 9G-4A, +2, 17 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)

After a 33-point rookie season with Hartford following three years at RPI, Haggerty was limited to just 36 AHL games in Rockford in 2015-16 and just 13 points before not being qualified by the Blackhawks and set to become a UFA.

Eriah Hayes (Chicago) – 39GP, 6G-5A, -4, 43 PIM

Hayes was limited to just 39 games last season after spending two years in the San Jose Sharks organization prior to 2015-16.

Micheal Healy (San Jose) - 41GP, 12G-11A, +6, 52 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with San Jose (Barracuda)

The gritty forward still plays with purpose in the AHL and even saw 16 NHL games with the Sharks this past season. 

Mitchell Heard (Stockton) - 22GP, 3G-4A, Even, 71 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Charlotte Checkers

Heard spent 2015-16 season bouncing back and forth between the AHL and ECHL, posting better numbers while with Adirondack in the ECHL (12G-20A in 33 GP).

Caleb Herbert (Hershey) - 26GP, 0G-2A, -1, 12 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Texas 

Herbert bounced back and forth between the AHL and ECHL and never really established himself in Hershey in his two years with the organization.

Alden Hirschfeld (Grand Rapids) - 5GP, 0G-1A, +1, 2 PIM

Hirschfeld put up point-per-game numbers in the ECHL last season, but only managed to appear in 5 AHL games in his third year of pro hockey.

Danny Hobbs (Binghamton) - 50GP, 3G-4A, -5, 22 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with SønderjyskE in Denmark

In his fourth pro season, Hobbs saw more AHL team than in previous years while also playing in the ECHL.

Jeff Hoggan (Grand Rapids) - 67GP, 9G-3A, +3, 22 PIM

Detroit notified the 38-year-old they won't be re-signing him, so the Griffins' captain the past several seasons will be looking for a new place to call home in 2016-17.

Josh Holmstrom (Bridgeport) - 7GP, 0G-1A, Even, 2 PIM

EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Bridgeport
Younger brother of Bridgeport's captain Ben Holmstrom, Josh was mainly an ECHL player with Missouri in 2015-16 (17G-13A in 61GP).

Ryan Horvat (Ontario) - 59GP, 5G-10A, +14, 91 PIM

In his 2nd AHL season, Horvat continued to play a bottom six role on the LA Kings' AHL affiliate. If he's not brought back on another AHL deal for 2016-17, he'll hit the free agent market on July 1st.

Tim Jackman (San Diego) - 22GP, 1G-1A, -3, 33 PIM

34-year-old veteran winger found himself in the AHL last season for the first time since 2008-09.

Colin Jacobs (Rochester) - 2GP, 0G-0A, -1, 0 PIM

Appeared in only 46 AHL games with Rochester in his three years with the Sabres organization. Primarily an ECHL player in his pro career to date.

Blair Jones (Utica) - 49GP, 13G-9A, +5, 55 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Iserlohn Roosters in German DEL

The veteran forward was swapped for T.J. Hensick in Charlotte late in the season, but hasn't been retained by the Vancouver organization with free agency right around the corner.

Connor Jones (Bridgeport) - 51GP, 6G-7A, -3, 21 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Bridgeport

In his first full season at the AHL level, Jones was a depth player for Bridgeport in 2015-16 on an AHL contract.

Kellen Jones (Utica) - 33GP, 4G-4A, -1, 8 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Bridgeport

Jones bounced between the AHL and ECHL in 2015-16.

Patrick Kaleta (Rochester) - 26GP, 1G-2A, -3, 33 PIM

The physical forward was in and out of Rochester's lineup in the 2015-16 season.

Cory Kane (Texas) - 42GP, 5G-2A, -4, 18 PIM
EDIT: Signed a tryout with HC Ocelari Trinec in Czech Republic

Kane's first full season at the AHL level wasn't enough to get him another contract with Texas for the 2016-17 season. Perhaps a change of scenery will jumpstart his pro career.

Ronalds Kenins (Utica) - 41GP, 5G-18A, -2, 44 PIM
EDIT: Signed a two-year contract with the ZSC Lions (NLA)

A two-way forward in Vancouver's system, Kenins saw 38 NHL games in his two years there.

Kale Kessy (Bakersfield) – 56GP, 7G-6A, +3, 79 PIM

Not tendered a qualifying offer by Edmonton despite his best AHL season, the 23-year-old big bodied forward is available for hire in 2016-17.

Maxim Kitsyn (Ontario) - 2GP, 0G-0A, Even, 0 PIM (EDIT: Signed in KHL)

Kitsyn spent his third season in North America almost entirely with ECHL Manchester, where he tallied 55 points (26G-29A) in 65 games.


Jared Knight (Iowa) - 37GP, 1G-6A, -3, 8 PIM (EDIT: Signed with Esbjerg in Denmark)

A former 2010-2nd round pick of Boston, Knight split the 2015-16 season between the AHL and ECHL and wasn't tendered a qualifying offer from Minnesota earlier this week.

Darren Kramer (Manitoba) - 61GP, 7G-5A, -13, 138 PIM

EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Manitoba 

After three years with the Binghamton Senators, the enforcer from Alberta joined the Moose and put up similar numbers as his previous AHL seasons.

Adam Krause (W-B/Scranton) - 15GP, 1G-3A, Even, 10 PIM

EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Krause was a solid penalty-killing fourth liner for the AHL Pens last season after beginning the year in Wheeling (ECHL).

Phil Lane (Springfield) - 56GP, 6G-4A, -5, 70 PIM

Hasn't had much production offensively the past two seasons since a 22-point rookie year. An AHL depth player possibility for 2016-17.

Jeremy Langlois (San Jose) - 68GP, 12G-22A, -3, 26 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL deal with Rockford for 2016-17.

Langlois wasn't qualified by San Jose despite an AHL career high 34 points in 2015-16. If he can't get an NHL contract this summer, AHL teams will be flying in to scoop him up for 2016-17.

Pierre-Luc Letorneau Leblond (Albany) - 52GP, 1G-5A, -2, 131 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Tampa Bay (Syracuse)

The enforcer's first season in the Devils organization went about as expected. The physical forward served a limited role and continued to play his game.

Matt Leitner (Ontario) - 15GP, 0G-4A, +1, 0 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year ECHL deal with Manchester

Leitner's 1st pro season following a successful four-year career at Minnesota State was spent primarily in the ECHL with Manchester where he was near point-per-game totals (12G-37A in 51 games).

Michael Liambas (Rockford) - 44GP, 1G-1A, -4, 188 PIM 
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Nashville

Liambas' one-year deal with Rockford has came and went, leaving the scrappy winger looking for a new home to play in 2016-17.

Matt Lindblad (Hartford) - 8GP, 0G-1A, -3, 0 PIM
EDIT: Retired to become pro scout for the Boston Bruins

Lindblad was limited to just eight games last season.

Alexis Loiseau (Bakersfield) – 12GP, 1G-2A +1, 2 PIM

Primarily an ECHL player in his first pro season with Norfolk (54GP, 14G-26A, -8, 14 PIM)

Ryan Lomberg (Stockton) - 15GP, 0G-3A, -6, 42 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Stockton

Lomberg's first pro season was spent between the AHL and ECHL where he was at near point-per-game totals with Adirondack (18G-17A in 43GP)

Ty Loney (W-B/Scranton) - 31GP, 0G-6A, -6, 7 PIM

EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with Adirondack Thunder

Son of former Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup winner in the 1990's, Ty is a big bodied power forward who was a fourth liner for the Pens in 2015-16.

Kyle MacKinnon (San Diego) - 11GP, 3G-3A, +7, 0 PIM

MacKinnon was limited to only 11 regular season games last season, but did manage to return to play nine postseason contests for the Gulls in the spring.

Daniel Maggio (San Antonio) - 36GP, 1G-2A, -10, 116 PIM

EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies

Enforcer played a depth role in the AHL for a fourth straight year.

Colin Markison (Bridgeport) - 39GP, 3G-8A, +6, 10 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Bridgeport Sound Tigers

His rookie pro season saw him climb his way to the AHL ranks in the second half of the season. Marksion will look to be a full-time AHL player in 2016-17.

Ryan Martindale (Syracuse) - 22GP, 4G-7A, +2, 4 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Esbjerg Energy (Denmark)

Martindale split the 2015-16 season between the AHL and ECHL after being an AHL plater the previous three seasons.

Andreas Martinsen (San Antonio) - 10GP, 1G-1A, Even, 8 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, one-way extension with Colorado (San Antonio)

In his first season in North America, the Norway born forward spent most of the year in the NHL with Colorado (55GP, 4G-7A). Not tendered a qualifying offer, Martinsen is a free agent on July 1st.

Derek Mathers (Lehigh Valley) - 3GP, 0G-0A, Even, 12 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Lehigh Valley

A one-dimensional enforcer, Mathers was stuck in the ECHL most of the 2015-16 season and was not retained on an NHL contract by the Flyers earlier this week.

Ross Mauermann (Springfield) - 76GP, 6G-16A, -11, 14 PIM

Mauermann had a decent rookie season following four strong years at Providence College.

Chris McCarthy (Hartford) - 54GP, 6G-16A, -2, 19 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms

McCarthy put up a respectable 22 points in his first full AHL season but it wasn't enough for the Rangers to retain his rights for the 2016-17 season on an NHL contract.

John McFarland (Portland) - 56GP, 14G-10A, -4, 47 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with SaiPa in Liiga

McFarland got his first NHL taste in 2015-16 in three games with Florida, but he wasn't tendered a qualifying offer and is a free agent.

Patrick McGrath (W-B/Scranton) - 19GP, 0G-1A, -3, 66 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Local Wilkes-Barre, Pa product isn't afraid of anyone and is willing to mix it up for his teammates.

Brian McGrattan (San Diego) - 58GP, 9G-8A, -17, 144 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with the Nottingham Panthers (EIHL)

The veteran enforcer matched a career high with nine goals in the 2015-16 season, and wore an 'A' on his jersey with San Diego this past season.

Frazer McLaren (San Jose) - 14GP, 0G-0A, -2, 23 PIM

The 6-5, 229 pound forward was limited to just 14 games last year with the Barracuda.

Mike McMurty (Texas) - 5GP, 0G-3A, +4, 4 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Texas

McMurty joined Texas after his senior season at Northeastern University ended and didn't look out of of place at the AHL level in his short stint.

Brandon McNally (St. John's) - 48GP, 7G-6A, -2, 33 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with Utah Grizzlies

McNally performed ably in his rookie AHL season after four years at Dartmouth College.

Allan McPherson (Rochester) - 16GP, 1G-0A, -6, 10 PIM

EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with Greenville Swamp Rabbits

In his two pro years with the Sabres organization, McPherson split time between the ECHL and AHL.

Philip McRae (Bakersfield) – 35GP, 9G-6A, +3, 33 PIM

EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Hartford WolfPack

Veteran forward that brings six years pro experience to the table. Only 15 career NHL games back in 2010-11 in his rookie season.

Wade Megan (Portland) - 75GP, 14G-9A, +10, 53 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with St. Louis (Chicago)

Megan was a consistent AHL player in his first full year in the league following two seasons of bouncing back and forth between the AHL and ECHL.

Garrett Meurs (San Antonio) - 3GP, 0G-0A, -1, 0 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)

Meurs spent his third pro season almost entirely in the ECHL with Fort Wayne (51GP, 18G-17A).

Angelo Miceli (St. John's) - 29GP, 3G-1A, -4,14 PIM 
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Miceli's first pro season following four years with Victoriaville in the WHL was split between the AHL and ECHL in 2015-16.

Brock Montgomery (San Antonio) - No AHL Stats
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with the Orlando Solar Bears

Montgomery spent last season in the ECHL with Fort Wayne (40GP, 5G-8A).

Bryan Moore (San Diego) - 29GP, 2G-5A, Even, 35 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with Orlando Solar Bears

Moore spent his rookie season split between the AHL and ECHL, where he was a dominant player with 23 points (8G-15A) in 19 games with Utah.

Eric Neiley (Providence) - 6GP, 0G-0A, -3, 0 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with Atlanta Gladiators

Neiley was an ECHL forward with Atlanta (47GP, 7G-12A) in his rookie pro season following four years at Dartmouth College.

Jack Nevins (Rochester) - 59GP, 4G-0A, -16, 101 PIM

Nevins didn't do enough for Buffalo to retain his rights and keep him a part of their future plans.

Kris Newbury (Ontario) - 44GP, 10G-16A, +12, 79 PIM

Physical two-way forward Kris Newbury's offensive production is slowing after 13 seasons of pro hockey. If he has anything left in the tank, the 34-year-old might get an AHL deal over the summer.

Max Novak (Albany) - 43GP, 3G-11A, +2, 10 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Albany

In his first full season at the pro level, Novak learned the AHL game after four years at Union College.

Gary Nunn (San Antonio) - 27GP, 7G-9A, +4, 12 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with San Antonio

Nunn was nearly a point per game player with San Antonio (7G-7A in 16 GP) in his first year in the AHL after five and a half years in the ECHL.

Zach O’Brien (Chicago) – 62GP, 8G-11A, -11, 0 PIM

His production took a hit in 2015-16 with a new team following a Calder Cup with Manchester, but you can’t deny he’s a disciplined player. Only 8 PIM in 174 career AHL games is impressive.

Shawn O'Donnell (Hartford) - 29GP, 1G-1A, Even, 54 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with Cincinnati Cyclones

O'Donnell was a fourth line forward for the WolfPack in 2015-16.

Travis Oleksuk (Hartford) - 67GP, 7G-15A, -4, 20 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with HC Bolzano (EBEL)

In his 4th AHL season out of Minnesota-Duluth, Oleksuk has proven he's a capable AHL player.

Brett Olson (Portland) - 67GP, 13G-13A, +3, 20 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with EC Salzburg in Belgium

A down year by his standards, but the alternate captain has proven to be a 40-point player the previous two years.

Aaron Palushaj (Lehigh Valley) - 57GP, 11G-17A, -18, 44 PIM

A hard-working player with speed and skill, it was a disappointing season for Palushaj in Lehigh Valley. He wasn't quite the point-per-game AHL player he was before he went overseas two years ago.

Philippe Paradis (Syracuse) - 49GP, 5G-6A, -4, 121 PIM

Injuries the past two seasons have limited him, but when healthy Paradis is a bruiser - physical and tenacious on the forecheck and an overall hard worker.

Michael Parks (Lehigh Valley) - 3GP, 0G-1A, -1, 0 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with Quad City

A separated shoulder in his 3rd AHL game ultimately ended his rookie season.

Rod Pelley (Albany) - 65GP, 8G-5A, -8, 40 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Albany

Pelley has captained the Devils the past three years and turns 32 in September.

Joseph Pendenza (Milwaukee) - 45GP, 3G-5A, -1, 12 PIM

Pendenza is still searching for a full season in the AHL after two years with Milwaukee. Perhaps the former UMass-Lowell product will stick in the AHL in 2016-17 with a new team.

Ryan Penny (Binghamton) - 24GP, 2G-3A, -3, 8 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with Reading

In his rookie season of pro hockey after 4 years of junior hockey in the QMJHL, Penny split the 2015-16 season between the AHL and ECHL.

Joe Piskula (San Diego) - 43GP, 0G-5A, +1, 30 PIM

Last year's captain of the Gulls is a veteran defenseman that can mentor young talent on the blue line without a problem.

Peter Quenneville (Lake Erie) - 1GP, 0G-0A, Even, 0 PIM

Quenneville's rookie season was spent exclusively in the ECHL minus the one game with Lake Erie last season. 26 points (11G-15A) in 58 ECHL games with Cincinnati.

Thomas Raffl (Manitoba) - 31GP, 5G-5A, -6, 42 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with EC Salzburg

Brother to Philadelphia Flyers' Michael, Thomas Raffl tried his hand at North American pro hockey last season in the AHL with the Moose. It was hard to tell how successful it went due to his teams' general lackluster performance.

Alexandre Ranger (St. John's) - 17GP, 2G-1A, -5, 6 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with the Norfolk Admirals

Undersized QMJHL forward split his rookie season bouncing back and forth between ECHL and AHL in 2015-16.

Borna Rendulic (San Antonio) - 68GP, 16G-22A, -8, 41 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way deal with Vancouver (Utica)

Rendulic voiced his displeasure with the situation he was in last year, so it comes as no surprise that he is heading to free agency. A return overseas is likely.

Blair Riley (Stockton) - 45GP, 5G-5A, -9, 74 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with the Belfast Giants (EIHL)

The veteran forward will be turning 32 in November, but has plenty of experience to offer a team's prospects with 330 games of AHL experience.

Jay Rosehill (Lehigh Valley) - 23GP, 1G-2A, +1, 33 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Braehead Clan in Scotland (EIHL)

Rosehill refined his game in 2015-16, though he was limited in game action due to the AHL's veteran rule and often sat as a healthy scratch.

Garret Ross (Rockford) - 65GP, 7G-13A, -8, 109 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way deal with Arizona (Tucson)

After a 21-goal season in 2014-15, Ross followed it up with a disappointing 20-point season this past year which left Chicago with an easy decision to let him walk into free agency on July 1st.

Andrew Rowe (Bridgeport) - 11GP, 7G-1A, +1, 2 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Bridgeport Sound Tigers

After being captain of his ECHL team in Missouri, Rowe caught fire down the stretch in the AHL. He's the classic fringe player that is dominant at the ECHL level and bounced back and forth between leagues.

Marc-Olivier Roy (Bakersfield) – 42GP, 8G-12A, -1 18 PIM

In his first pro season, the Joliette, QC native handled himself ably.

Kenny Ryan (San Diego) - 41GP, 6G-4A, +3, 10 PIM

A far cry from his 29-point season last year with Lake Erie but Ryan only appeared in half as many games in 2015-16.

Scott Sabourin (Iowa) - 42GP, 4G-3A, +5, 90 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with San Diego Gulls

Sabourin's production has decreased across each of his three seasons at the pro level and after a move to Iowa mid-season didn't provide a productive response, the Wild cut him loose earlier this week by not qualifying him as one of their RFA's.

Jordan Samuels-Thomas (Ontario) - 58GP, 12G-10A, +12, 46 PIM

Samuels-Thomas nearly tripled his offensive output in his 2nd pro season. He could be an intriguing AHL depth option for teams in 2016-17.

Carter Sandlak (Charlotte) – 10GP, 0G-1A, +1, 4 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Grand Rapids

After his rookie season saw him compete a full year in the AHL, Sandlak spent 2015-16 mostly in the ECHL with the Florida Everblades (26GP, 5G-7A).

Charles Sarault (San Diego) - No AHL Stats
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Dornbirner EC (DEL)

Sarault was a dominant ECHL player in 2015-16 with Utah, putting up 62 points (19G-43A) in 67 games. It wasn't enough for Anaheim to bring him back on an NHL contract, however.

Michael Schumacher (San Antonio) - 57GP, 8G-3A, -13, 34 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Sodertalje SK in Sweden (SHL)
  Schumacher's production dropped a little in his third pro season.

John Scott (St. John's) - 27GP, 2G-2A, -3, 85 PIM

The man, the myth, the legend is looking for work in 2016-17.

Eric Selleck (Springfield) - 60GP, 10G-12A, -9, 137 PIM
EDIT: Signed an AHL contract with the Tucson RoadRunners

The physical forward does more than use his fists. He adds size and grit to the lineup, but can also produce offensively from time to time.

Tom Sestito (W-B/Scranton) - 41GP, 5G-9A, -3, 104 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year, two-way contract with Pittsburgh

The enforcer was useful in areas other than fighting in 2015-16 with the Penguins.

Ben Sexton (Providence) - 29GP, 4G-1A, -13, 45 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Albany Devils

Sophomore slump for Sexton, who didn't receive a qualifying offer from Boston and is hitting the free agent market on Friday.

Brendan Shinnimin (Springfield) - 30GP, 5G-9A, -13, 36 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Langnau in Switzerland

Shinnimin had a down year, but is one year removed from a 22-goal season in the AHL.

Wayne Simpson (Portland) - 68GP, 8G-28A, +20, 6 PIM

In his third pro season, and his first full year at the AHL level, Simpson exceeded expectations and will be looking for his first NHL contract this summer. If not, he'll be a welcomed addition to an AHL roster in 2016-17.

Ben Smith (Toronto) - 19GP, 12G-4A, +2, 4 PIM

EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Colorado Avalanche

Has the chance to be a top-tier AHL player in 2016-17 if he doesn't make an NHL roster.

Dalton Smith (Lehigh Valley) - 28GP, 2G-0A, -3, 49 PIM

The physical bottom-six forward split his season between Providence and Lehigh Valley this past season. Only two years removed from an 11-goal season, a career high.

Brett Sutter (Ontario) - 74GP, 9G-12A, -11, 62 PIM

EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Ontario


Sutter joined Ontario from Iowa down the stretch and provided a veteran presence to the forward core in the Kings system. Teams looking for AHL depth down the middle should inquire.

Jordan Szwarz (Springfield) - 56GP, 12G-11A, -2, 31 PIM

Szwarz had a career-high 12 goals last season as an alternate captain on an under-performing Springfield team.

Nick Tarnasky (Hartford) - 59GP, 15G-5A, +5, 77 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with San Diego Gulls (AHL)

His NHL days are behind him now, but the 32 year old grinder is still a very capable player at the AHL level and was one goal shy of a career high in 2015-16 with Hartford in 15 less games.

Christian Thomas (Springfield) - 34GP, 10G-11A, -4, 8 PIM

EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Washington (Hershey)


The small but speedy winger was on four different teams in two organizations this past season, playing a few games in the NHL with Montreal and Arizona in 2015-16.

Garrett Thompson (San Antonio) - 32GP, 6G-7A, -2, 6 PIM

After a full season with Binghamton in 2014-15, Thompson split 2015-16 between the AHL and ECHL in his 2nd pro season.

Scott Timmins (San Jose) - 45GP, 4G-7A, -6, 14 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Straubing Tigers (DEL)

Timmins' AHL production has dipped over the past four seasons, but he's an experienced player that could be a depth addition to a roster.

Evan Trupp (Chicago) – 59GP, 7G-15A, +1, 17 PIM

The undersized forward followed up a 40-point season with a similar scoring rate in 2015-16, and could be a solid option for AHL depth this fall.

Tony Turgeon (Portland) - 35GP, 0G-1A, -4, 73 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with the Manchester Monarchs

The physical forward has yet to get a full year in the AHL through three years of pro hockey.

Bryce Van Brabant (Stockton) - 62GP, 7G-9A, -21, 51 PIM

The former Quinnipac University forward recently completed his second AHL season with the Calgary Flames' affiliate and put up similar numbers in his sophomore season.

Justin Vaive (Bridgeport) - 63GP, 11G-6A, -5, 79 PIM

In his second full season at the AHL level, Vaive used his big frame in a bottom six role and played a physical, two-way brand of hockey for the Sound Tigers in 2015-16.

Curtis Valk (Utica) - 12GP, 2G-4A, +4, 2 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Utica

Valk was a point-per-game player in the ECHL last season in his 2nd pro year.

Trent Vogelhuber (Lake Erie) - 70GP, 11G-16A, +13, 65 PIM
EDIT: Signed a two-year, two-way deal with Colorado (San Antonio)

In his fourth season of pro hockey, he had a career best 27 points before adding seven points (2G-5A) in 17 AHL playoff games in route to a Calder Cup Championship.

Ben Walker (Manitoba) - 16GP, 1G-2A, -5, 8 PIM

Walker was limited to just 16 AHL games in his 2nd pro season, spending 36 games in the ECHL with Tulsa (7G-4A).

Dane Walters (Rockford) - 30GP, 2G-1A, -1, 14 PIM
EDIT: Signed a professional tryout with Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)

In his second season with the Rockford organization, Walters continued to be a fringe AHL/ECHL player like he was in 2014-15.

Jeremy Welsh (Chicago) – 74GP, 15G-13A, -11, 54 PIM

Welsh’s production took a bit of a plunge this past season as compared to 2014-15, but he was a 20-goal scorer two years ago. There might still be something there that can help an AHL team.

Ethan Werek (Charlotte) – 40GP, 9G-7A, +6, 24 PIM

In his 5th pro season, but his first year split between AHL & ECHL.

Alex Wideman (Binghamton) - 7GP, 0G-0A, -4, 2 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with the Indy Fuel

Brother to Ottawa's Chris Wideman, younger brother Alex's first full pro season was spent primarily in the ECHL with Evansville where he tallied a respectable 39 points (15G-24A) in 58 games.

Garrett Wilson (Portland) - 37GP, 7G-13A, +3, 55 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Pittsburgh (W-B/Scranton)

Wilson got his first real taste of NHL life in 2015-16, appearing in 29 games with the Florida Panthers going scoreless with a minus three rating and 24 penalty minutes.

Joshua Winquist (Bakersfield) – 35GP, 8G-22A, -8, 32 PIM
EDIT: Signed one-year AHL contract with Bridgeport

In his 2nd full AHL season, nearly doubled his offensive production in 11 less games.

David Wohlberg (Charlotte) – 75GP, 9G-10A, -6, 65 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with EHC Bayreuth in German DEL2

His first pro season outside of Albany resulted in career highs in games played, goals and assists.

James Wright (Bridgeport) - 73GP, 14G-27A, -14, 53 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract Admiral Vladivostok (KHL)

Wright is a very capable AHL player who brings experience as well as size and skill to an AHL lineup.

Andrew Yogan (St. John's) - 35GP, 4G-7A, -5, 18 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with HC Bolzano (EBEL)

Yogan was well traveled in 2015-16 spending time on three different AHL teams (Iowa, Syracuse and St. John's).

Harry Zolnierczyk (San Diego) - 24GP, 6G-3A, -3, 31 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Nashville (Milwaukee)

Zolnierczyk was limited to only 24 games last season, but is a classic tweener player that plays with speed and tenacity, and can put up points at the AHL level.

Defensemen

Sena Acolatse (Portland) - 62GP, 8G-5A, -8, 138 PIM

The physical two-way defender matched a career high in goals this past season.

Conor Allen (Iowa) - 66GP, 3G-11A, -26, 68 PIM

EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Grand Rapids

Allen bounced around the AHL this season, being moved from Milwaukee to Binghamton to Iowa. It appears he'll be looking for his fourth new team in less than one calendar year.

Gabriel Baupre (San Antonio) - 1GP, 0G-0A, Even, 6 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with Fort Wayne (San Antonio)

Beaupre wasn't qualified by Colorado after spending the 2015-16 season in the ECHL with Fort Wayne (52GP, 2G-5A).

Brett Bellemore (Providence) - 56GP, 1G-5A, +1, 41 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Kunlun Red Star in the KHL

The veteran defenseman landed an AHL deal this past season after back-to-back years in the NHL with Carolina. Still plenty of tread on the tires, only 28 years old and brings a wealth of experience to the table.

Mac Bennett (St. John's) - 35GP, 1G-2A, -11, 30 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Rochester

Bennett was a depth defender at the AHL level last season and did not receive a qualifying offer from Montreal.

Stu Bickel (San Diego) - 59GP, 1G-6A, -13, 210 PIM
EDIT: Signed a professional tryout (PTO) with Anaheim

The physical veteran defender is one year removed from limited NHL action and has a total of 76 NHL games of experience to bring both a veteran presence and some snarl.

Danny Biega (Charlotte) – 27GP, 3G-5A, +5, 40 PIM

Biega made his NHL debut with the Hurricanes this past season, but it wasn’t enough to get another NHL contract with Carolina for 2016-17.

Jeremie Blain (Chicago) – 16GP, 3G-0A, -5, 10 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with St. John's.

Blain has split time between the ECHL and AHL in each of his four seasons of pro hockey. 2G-22A in 34 ECHL games in 2015-16. The classic fringe player.

Mathieu Brisebois (Rockford) - No AHL Stats

Brisebois never stuck in the AHL, spending 2015-16 in the ECHL bouncing from team to team.

Chris Carlisle (Binghamton) - 65GP, 4G-8A, -1, 26 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Binghamton

In his rookie season at the pro level following four years in the OHL with Oshawa, Carlisle had a limited AHL role but managed to stick in Binghamton for most of the 2015-16 season.

Jonathan Carlsson (Rockford) - 25GP, 2G-7A, +4, 6 PIM

The Blackhawks' 6th round pick in 2008 gave North American pro hockey another chance after spending the previous five years overseas, but split time between the AHL and ECHL in 2015-16.

Joel Chouinard (Grand Rapids) – 10GP, 1G-3A, +1, 2 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with the Allen Americans

In his 6th pro season, Chouinard was delegated to mainly ECHL duty in 2015-16 with Toledo (49GP, 7G-21A).

Patrick Cullity (Bridgeport) - 31GP, 0G-2A, +7, 39 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Bridgeport

Cullity has bounced between the ECHL and AHL his entire pro career and 2015-16 was no different for the veteran defenseman.

Kyle Cumiskey (Rockford) - 17GP, 1G-4A, -3, 6 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Skelleftea AIK in Sweden

A hip injury and subsequent re-injury caused Cumiskey to miss most of the season.

Kodie Curran (Hartford) - 18GP, 0G-4A, +3, 18 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Esbjerg Energy in Denmark

Curran was mostly an ECHL defenseman in his rookie season at the pro level, tallying 25 points (7G-18A) in 45 ECHL games with Greenville in 2015-16.

Scott Czarnowczan (Grand Rapids) - 2GP, 0G-0A, +3, 2 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with the Toledo Walleye

After appearing in 29 AHL games in his rookie year in 2014-15, Czarnowczcan spent last season in the ECHL with Toledo (38GP, 5G-20A).

Steven Delisle (Springfield) - 56GP, 3G-10A, -11, 74 PIM

The physical defender was a steady third pairing defenseman in the AHL last season.

Josiah Didier (St. John's) - 53GP, 0G-5A, Even, 58 PIM

EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with St. John's

In his rookie year following four years at the University of Denver, Didier learned the AHL game with St. John's and played a simple game.

Darren Dietz (St. John's) - 61GP, 4G-12A, -8, 61 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Washington (Hershey)

Despite appearing in his first 13 NHL games this past season, Dietz wasn't retained by Montreal as an RFA earlier this week.

Charlie Dodero (Syracuse) - 10GP, 0G-0A, -2, 17 PIM

EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with the Idaho Steelheads


Dodero has spent most of his pro career to date in the ECHL as a fringe AHL player.

Taylor Doherty (Toronto) - 12GP, 0G-3A, +7, 20 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with Orlando Solar Bears

The massive 6-7 defenseman spent 2015-16 primarily in the ECHL after several AHL seasons with the San Jose Sharks affiliate.

Brennan Evans (Texas) - 36GP, 0G-3A, +1, 46 PIM

The 34-year-old defender has 870 AHL games of experience and has been in the Calder Cup Playoffs in five of the last six years.

Joe Faust (Albany) - 8GP, 0G-0A, +2, 0 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with Idaho Steelheads

In his 2nd pro season, Faust was mainly an ECHL defenseman with the Adirondack Thunder (2G-8A in 38GP).

Danny Federico (San Jose) - No AHL Stats
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with South Carolina

In his rookie pro season after four years at Quinnipiac, Federico was an ECHL defenseman with the Allen Americans in 2015-16 (1G-6A in 65GP).

Mark Fraser (Binghamton) - 60GP, 2G-5A, -5, 136 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Edmonton (Bakersfield)

The physical defender's NHL days may be behind him, but he was tough in the corners and around the net last year for the BSens.

Barry Goers (W-B/Scranton) - 16GP, 0G-2A, -2, 4 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

A hip injury limited his playing time in 2015-16, but he's an undersized puck mover looking for AHL work in 2016-17.

Brandon Gormley (San Antonio) - 39GP, 4G-2A, -19, 26 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey (Albany)

The 13th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft split time between the NHL and AHL in 2015-16, but was not qualified by Colorado and will become a UFA on July 1st.

Spiro Goulakos (Rochester) - 10GP, 1G-1A, +2, 4 PIM
EDIT: At New York Rangers training camp

In his rookie pro season, Goulakos was primarily an ECHL defender with Elmira (54GP, 7G-24A) following four years at Colgate University where he served as team captain his junior and senior years.

Justin Hamonic (San Antonio) - 7GP, 0G-0A, -5, 2 PIM

Hamonic spent his first full season primarily in the ECHL with Fort Wayne (50GP, 1G-7A).

Jay Harrison (Manitoba) - 18GP, 3G-2A, -6, 17 PIM

Veteran defenseman with 372 NHL games of experience saw AHL time with Manitoba for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Turning 34 in November, he isn't getting any younger.

Aaron Harstad (Manitoba) - 26GP, 0G-4A, -1, 28 PIM

Harstad's rookie season was spent split between the AHL and ECHL, and the former Colorado College product is an AHL UFA heading to free agency.

Raman Hrabarenka (Albany) - 47GP, 5G-4A, -9, 42 PIM
EDIT: Signed a tryout with the Toronto Maple Leafs

The 6-4, 229 pound defender's production continued to dip in 2015-16 and it came as no surprise that he wasn't tendered a qualifying offer by New Jersey earlier this week.

Sam Jardine (Rockford) - 6GP, 0G-0A, -1, 7 PIM

Jardine's first pro season following three years at Ohio State University was spent mainly in the ECHL with the Indy fuel where he tallied five points (2G-3A) in 50 games.

Zack Kamrass (Texas) - 1GP, 0G-0A, Even, 0 PIM

EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with the Florida Everblades
One year removed from being team captain of UMass-Lowell, Kamrass spent most of the 2015-16 season in the ECHL with Idaho (4G-20A in 62GP).

Dan Kelly (Albany) - 55GP, 4G-11A, +8, 93 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two way contract with San Jose

The physical defender is carrying a 10-game suspension into the 2016-17 season after an illegal head hit in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Eric Knodel (San Diego) - 4GP, 0G-0A, -3, 0 PIM

EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with Cincinnati 
Knodel was mainly an ECHL defenseman in 2015-16, who tallied 22 points (7G-15A) in 56 games with Utah.

David Kolomatis (Toronto) - 23GP, 1G-3A, +12, 8 PIM

EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with the Manchester Monarchs

After a year in Finland, Kolomatis returned to North America and split the 2015-16 season between the AHL and ECHL.

Guillaume Lepine (Binghamton) - 68GP, 4G-9A, Even, 115 PIM
EDIT: On a tryout at Ottawa Senators training camp

A physical, bruising defender, Lepine turned in his best pro year yet in his first full season at the AHL level.

Matt MacKenzie (Portland) - 16GP, 2G-1A, +10, 4 PIM

MacKenzie was primarily an ECHL defenseman in 2015-16 but performed well in his stint with Portland this past season.

Andrew MacWilliam (Manitoba) - 72GP, 1G-14A, -17, 86 PIM
EDIT: Signed one year, two way contract with New Jersey (Albany)

A big, physical defender, MacWilliam nearly doubled his career-high in offensive production this past season with the Moose.

Matt Mangene (Texas) - 41GP, 3G-7A, -2, 26 PIM

Mangene switched from forward to defense and it has seemingly worked out well for him.

James Martin (Toronto) - 17GP, 0G-5A, +1, 13 PIM

The five year pro has been mainly an ECHL defensemen throughout his career.

Nick Mattson (Rockford) - 17GP, 1G-6A, +4, 0 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Rockford

Mattson spent his rookie season primarily in the ECHL following a four-year career at the University of North Dakota.

Corbin McPherson (Albany) - 64GP, 2G-6A, +1, 38 PIM

McPherson's play has been steady and been relatively the same the past four years in Albany.

Mike Moore (Hershey) - 48GP, 5G-5A, +1, 59 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Fischtown in the DEL (Germany)

The AHL's veteran rule limited Moore to 48 regular season games and no playoff action this past year, but a team with a young blue line could certainly use a guy like Moore to stabilize things on the back end.

Joey Mormina (Rochester) - 50GP, 0G_6A, -2, 60 PIM

A veteran AHL defender with good size, Mormina plays a stay-at-home physical defensive style and can be a depth defender at the AHL level in 2016-17.

John Negrin (Utica) - 58GP, 1G-10A, -7, 22 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Utica

Veteran defender spent a full year in the AHL in 2015-16, and should be a depth defender again in 2016-17.

Daniel New (Springfield) - 18GP, 0G-4A, -3, 4 PIM

New has been a fringe player bouncing between the AHL and ECHL in his pro career to date.

Garrett Noonan (Milwuakee) - 17GP, 0G-1A, -2, 8 PIM
EDIT: At New York Rangers training camp

Noonan's 2nd pro season was spent mostly in the ECHL, where he put up an impressive 43 points (9G-34A) in 55 games with Cincinnati.

Dylan Olsen (Portland) - 47GP, 5G-11A, -7, 12 PIM

Despite spending 8 games in the NHL last season, Olsen wasn't tendered a qualifying offer from Florida and will hit the free agent market this weekend.

Ryan Parent (W-B/Scranton) - 12GP, 0G-0A, -4, 16 PIM

A veteran depth defenseman that joined the Pens in-season.

Rick Pinkston (San Jose) - 6GP, 0G-0A, +2, 5 PIM

Pinkston was mainly an ECHL defender in 2015-16 with the Allen Americans (45GP, 2G-12A).

Matt Prapavessis (Rochester) - 25GP, 1G-1A, -1, 12 PIM
EDIT: Signed an ECHL contract with Greenville

His rookie season out of Bemidji State University saw Prapavessis be a depth defender at the AHL level in 2015-16.

Kevin Raine (Ontario) - 59GP, 1G-3A, -4, 16 PIM

Raine has spent each of his first two pro seasons with the Kings' AHL affiliate, playing primarily a third pairing defenseman role.

Dylan Reese (Springfield) - 23GP, 1G-7A, -8, 19 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with HV71 in Sweden

Injuries limited Reese to just 23 games last season.

Alex Roach (Ontario) - No AHL Stats
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Providence Bruins

Roach spent each of the last two seasons in the ECHL, tallying 30 points (6G-24A) in 64 games with Manchester last year.

Eric Roy (Lake Erie) - 10GP, 1G-3A, +6, 0 PIM

His first pro season was spent mainly in the ECHL with the Allen Americans where he tallied 14G-16A in 52 regular season games and was a key cog in Allen's ECHL championship run with 21 points (5G-16A) in 23 ECHL playoff games.

Harrison Ruopp (W-B/Scranton) - 12GP, 0G-1A,-5, 11 PIM

The physical stay-at-home defenseman was primarily an ECHL player in his time with the Penguins organization.

Troy Rutkowski (Binghamton) - 3GP, 0G-0A, -2, 0 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with Lillehammer in Norway Rutkowski was mainly an ECHL player in his three years with the Ottawa Senators organization.

Michael Sdao (Rochester) - 29GP, 0G-6A, -4, 53 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with Colorado Eagles

Acquired from Binghamton at the trade deadline, Sdao is a big physical defender that plays stay at home defense and uses his size and aggressiveness to his advantage.

Clark Seymour (W-B/Scranton) - 17GP, 3G-3A, -1, 17 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with HC Bolzano in Belgium (EBEL)

Seymour was much-improved in 2015-16 and should find AHL work in 2016-17.

David Shields (Utica) - 32GP, 3G-7A, +12, 8 PIM
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Utica

Shields split the 2015-16 season between the AHL and ECHL.

Frankie Simonelli (Providence) - 21GP, 1G-2A, Even, 16 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Bakersfield

A 6th/7th defenseman in 2015-16, Simonelli's 2nd season of pro hockey was his first spent fully at the AHL level. He could be a full-time AHL defender again in 2016-17 on a similar AHL deal.

Yann Sauve (Stockton) - 7GP, 0G-1A, -6, 2 PIM

Sauve was primarily an ECHL player in 2015-16, tallying 29 points (7G-22A) in 52 games with the Manchester Monarchs.

Brennan Serville (Manitoba) - 15GP, 0G-0A, -6, 10 PIM

Serville's rookie season saw him split between Manitoba and Tulsa (ECHL). The former University of Michigan product and 2011-3rd round pick of Winnipeg's was never a point-producer but rather a big bodied defender.

Dustin Stevenson (Stockton) - 45GP, 2G-6A, -3, 104 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Dallas (Texas)

Stevenson was an alternate captain for Stockton last season and plays a physical, hard-nosed brand of hockey that AHL teams might be looking for on their third pairing.

Peter Stoykewych (Manitoba) - 47GP, 0G-7A, -6, 38 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with Manitoba  The 6-foot-3 Colorado College product didn't look too out of place as a rookie in AHL action in 2015-16.

Nick Tuzzolino (Binghamton) - 27GP, 1G-0A, -6, 14 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year contract with the Stoney Creek Generals (ACH)

A career minor leaguer, the 30-year old veteran defenseman filled in on the BSens' blue line from time to time in 2015-16.

Will Weber (San Antonio) - 2GP, 0G-0A, Even, 0 PIM
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with Fort Wayne

The former 2007-2nd round pick spent almost all of last season in the ECHL with Fort Wayne (64GP, 3G-8A).

Goaltenders

Mark Dekanich (Hershey): 1GP, 0-1-0, 4.09 GAA, .818 SV%, 0 SO

EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms

The veteran netminder was an ECHL goaltender in 2015-16 and while he dominated in South Carolina (20-9-4 record), he's still a ways off from when he was a 25-game winner at the AHL level. That ship might have sailed, but he could prove the doubters wrong with a bounce back year in 2016-17.

Ryan Faragher (San Diego): 5GP. 2-3-0, 3.71 GAA, .891 SV%, 0 SO

Faragher was mainly an ECHL goaltender in 2015-16, going 24-13-4 with three shutouts in 41 ECHL games with Utah. Could be a good pickup for an AHL backup or 3rd goalie.

Matt Ginn (Providence): 1GP, 0-1-0, 2.01 GAA, .905 SV%, 0 SO
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Providence

Ginn was the starting goalie for the ECHL's Atlanta Gladiators in 2015-16 (17-16-3, 2.87 GAA, .903 SV%, 2 SO).

Scott Greenham (Binghamton): 6GP, 3-1-0, 2.19 GAA, .928 SV%, 1 SO
EDIT: Re-signed a one-year AHL contract with Binghamton

After 15 wins with the BSens in 2014-15, Greenham was mainly an ECHL goalie this past season due to the arrival of Matt O'Connor. Greenham could be an AHL backup or a solid #3 option elsewhere.

Michael Houser (Ontario): 6GP, 1-4-0, 2.43 GAA, .903 SV%, 0 SO
EDIT: At Columbus Blue Jackets training camp

Houser was delegated to mainly ECHL duty in 2015-16 with great results, going 10-4-2 with Manchester last year.

Brody Hoffman (Iowa) - No AHL Stats

Hoffman wasn't tendered a qualifying offer by the Minnesota Wild after playing 40 games in the ECHL as Quad City's starting goaltender where he went 19-17-1 with a 2.78 GAA and .911 SV%.

Leland Irving (Iowa): 41GP, 12-22-6, 2.68 GAA, .913 SV%, 2 SO

After two years overseas, the former 1st round pick of Calgary in 2006 returned to North America on an AHL deal with Iowa. His record is more indicative of the team he was on than performance, but he could be a serviceable AHL goaltender for a team in need.

Connor Knapp (Lehigh Valley): 2GP, 1-0-0, 5.31 GAA, .821 SV%, 0 SO
EDIT: Signed a one-year ECHL contract with the Norfolk Admirals

Knapp was an ECHL goaltender in 2015-16 that split time with Martin Ouellette when the latter wasn't in the AHL with Lehigh Valley.

Rob Madore (Toronto) - 4GP, 4-0-0, 1.25 GAA, .952 SV%, 1 SO
EDIT: Retired from pro hockey

Madore excelled in limited AHL action, but went 13-17-7 in the ECHL in 2015-16.

Jussi Olkinuora (Manitoba): 6GP, 0-1-1, 5.13 GAA, .864 SV%, 0 SO

Olkinuora was primarily an ECHL goaltender last season, going 14-9-2 with Tulsa in 2015-16.

Ty Rimmer (Bakersfield): 6GP, 2-2-1, 3.89 GAA, .880 SV%, 0 SO

In his 4th year at the pro level, six AHL games were a career high in 2015-16.

Kent Simpson (Stockton): 11GP, 3-4-0, 4.09 GAA, .861 SV%, 0 SO
EDIT: Signed a one-year AHL contract with San Antonio

Simpson split the 2015-16 season between the AHL and ECHL and had far better numbers in the ECHL with Adirondack (7-4-2, 2.38 GAA, .926%, 3 SO).



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