Sound Tigers Fast To Reload
The Sound Tigers have moved rapidly to reload their roster in anticipation of the much too long delayed start of the NHL’s
2012-2013 season. Jack Combs and Chad Costello have shredded their try-out offer sheets and replaced them with AHL deals locking them in place for the season. (Combs #5 and Costello #18 Photo: Dave Csordas)
Former teammates with the Worcester Sharks, they left the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles as the teams top two scorers to join Bridgeport where they were reunited with another former Eagle Jon Landry. They have already posted points and are quickly adjusting to their new teams’ systems and coaches.
Their continued success will be essential with the probable loss of Niederreiter, Cizikas and a Swede to be named later to the Isles. Brock Nelson, who has already lived up to his hype, will likely also make the move once he has fully recovered from his injury (10-12 days?).
The thinning blue line has also been bolstered with PTO’s (Professional Try-Outs) recently offered to Dallas Jackson (who was with the team briefly last season), J. T. Fast (the LA Kings 2nd round pick in 2005) and Daniel Maggio (Rangers 2009 selection). The trio has been brought up to take the place of Hamonic and either/or Donovan- Ness- Wishart- Landry.
Jackson (who I gave a brief profile of last year) is back from the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL where he had 7 goals and 8 assists in 31 games before getting the call. Fast is known to the organization as a player with the University of Denver (with Rhett Rahkshani and goalie Peter Mannino) and a teammate of BST assistant coach Eric Boguniecki with the Alaska Aces, whose head coach at the time was Isles/Sound Tigers coach Brent Thompson.
Maggio appears to show the most promise of the three. Injuries dropped the 6’ 3” 202 pounder to the sixth round in the 2009 draft before being selected by the New York Rangers but his physical style of play should fit well with the game that Tigers Head Coach Scott Pellerin likes to bring to the arena. (Maggio / Guelphmercury.com)
Selected by the league to represent his Fort Wayne Komets at this years’ ECHL All-Star game he is not known as a fighter but time with Sound Tigers ‘Cousins-of-Crush’ Nathan McIver and Brett Gallant could change that. Welcome to the Tigers gentlemen!
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