Teddy Purcell, Edmonton Oilers – St. John’s
Teddy Purcell begins his first season with the Edmonton Oilers after spending parts of three years with the LA Kings and the past five seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Purcell really came into his own in the 2011 playoffs scoring 17 points in 18 games for the Bolts. His production has tailed off a bit since, but he is certain to get plenty of ice-time with the Oilers and already has three points through the first two games of the season.
Luke Adam, Buffalo Sabres – St. John’s
A former star for the St. John’s Fog Devils, Luke Adam is perhaps the best hockey player to come out of Newfoundland in the last few years. Almost a point a game player in the AHL, Adam has had trouble sticking with the big club in Buffalo. Adam has played a total of 87 NHL games and has a respectable 15 goals. He starts the year with the Rochester Americans but should be called up at some point this season.
Dan Cleary, Detroit Red Wings – Harbour Grace
The wily veteran is back for another season with the Red Wings, his 10th with the team. After a disappointing training camp, Cleary has been held out of the lineup for Detroit’s first two games. At 35 years old, Cleary is “old” by NHL standards and should see some time in the lineup as a strong penalty killer and mentor for the younger players.
Ryan Clowe, New Jersey Devils – Fermeuse
The former 20 goal scorer is back for his second season with the Devils. After a disappointing season last year due to injuries, Clowe had a strong training camp and preseason. He has 1 goal and 1 assist in the first two games of the season. Look for Clowe to play the power forward role this season and rack up the penalty minutes – and hopefully get back to his 20 goal form.
Adam Pardy, Winnipeg Jets – Bonavista
Former Ice Cap Adam Pardy is starting the season with the big club in Winnipeg. Pardy has spent parts of seasons with Calgary, Dallas, Buffalo and Winnipeg. Pardy played 60 games for the Jets last season, totaling 6 assists and 38 penalty minutes. He should stay up with the Jets for the season with his new one-way $700,000 contract.
Colin Greening, Ottawa Senators – St. John’s
With a new $7.9 million 3 year contract, Greening should be a lock to play for the Senators all season. However, after a slow preseason (except of course for the preseason shootout goal in St. John’s) Greening was a healthy scratch for the Sens first two games. He found his way back into the lineup for the third game of the season, but look for Greening to be in and out of the lineup all season and possibly traded.
Michael Ryder, New Jersey Devils – Bonavista
Michael Ryder is a two time 20 goal scorer and a three time 30 goal scorer during his 11 year career with Montreal, Boston, Dallas and now New Jersey. Ryder is off to a great start, with four points in the first two games of the season. After a disappointing season last year with only 34 points in 82 games on a lackluster Devils team, both the Devils and Ryder are looking for bounce back years. So far so good.
Pascal Pelletier, Zagreb Medvescak – Labrador City
A bit of a wildcard here as Pelletier is currently playing in the KHL for Zagreb Medvescak. Pelletier is undrafted but is big, tough and has decent hands. He has played a total of 16 games in the NHL with Boston, Chicago and Vancouver. Last year with the Utica Comets of the AHL, Pelletier had 62 points and 64 PIMS in 69 games. Try to remember to check out this Labradorian this season and see how he is doing in the KHL. So far: 16 points in 17 games.