While many use the summer months to rest and recover from the grind of a hockey season, the hockey operations department would be the ones to tell you that it’s one of their busiest times of the year. For the Vancouver Canucks office, the staff was hard at work signing players to AHL deals in order to compliment the roster full of the team’s prospects.
Let’s break down some of the “newbies” on AHL deals:
Carter Camper: A veteran at the AHL level, Carter Camper has logged a whopping 510 games in the league. Signing with the Comets means Camper will dress for his 9th AHL team since the 2013-14 season. Even though the recent stages of his career have been nomadic, Camper has remained very productive. Last season while with the Grand Rapids Griffins, the 31-year-old forward notched 50 points, reaching the half-century mark for the fourth time in his career.
Camper was originally signed as a free agent by the Boston Bruins in 2011 after an electrifying college career at Miami (Ohio). During his senior season, Camper scored 19 goals and added 38 assists on his way to All-American honors and a nod as a Hobey Baker finalist for the nation’s top player.
Entering this season, the right-hand-shooting forward has picked up 104 goals and 276 assists for 380 career AHL points.
Zach Frye: A native of Spokane, WA, Zach Frye spent last season on opposite coasts, logging seven games with the San Jose Barracuda and 25 with the Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) during his injury-shortened first year of pro hockey. Earning 1-1—2 with San Jose and 5-11—16 with Orlando, Frye has shown tremendous potential from an offensive standpoint in a small sample size. Prior to turning pro, Frye spent four seasons at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, where he earned 54 points from the blue line in his final two seasons and was the team’s MVP and WCHA First-Team All Star as a senior.
Dylan Sadowy: At 23 years old, Dylan Sadowy is set to embark on his fourth season of pro hockey and the first while not being on an entry-level contract. The native of Brampton, ON has bounced up and down from the AHL to the ECHL over the last three seasons, splitting time between the Grand Rapids Griffins and Toledo Walleye (ECHL). For Sadowy, production at the ECHL level has not been a problem. Over the course of 88 games for the Walleye, he has racked up an impressive 36 goals and 79 total points. A member of Grand Rapids’ 2017 Calder Cup winning team, Sadowy was drafted with the 81st pick of the 2014 draft by the San Jose Sharks.
There’s plenty of potential in some of the new faces that are signed to AHL deals in Utica. While it will be tough to fill the shoes of some of the team’s departing members, there’s plenty of reason to be excited about the new wave of players that will impress at The AUD.