Kruger Headed to the Flames
Wow, The Tigers lost a big piece of their Head Office today. Senior Director of Player Development Darren Kruger, has joined the Calgary Flames as an NHL scout with a focus on the Eastern Conference.
Congrats to Darren Kruger. He's had a profound effect on the Tigers success the last 12 years. He will be greatly missed.
I've had a few people ask about training camp. While nothing has been officially announced as of yet, typically they have opened camp up next Friday (Aug 25th). They usually announce something in the early stages of next week. If they do announce something I will edit this section.
Their has been some OA movement this off-season as expected so lets go through a quick recap.
Tigers Traded: Matt Bradley, 2nd round (2018), 3rd round( 2018 conditional), 5th round(2019), for Regina's Jordan Hollett(goaltender, 5th round NHL draft pick).
Tigers traded Nick Schneider to the Calgary Hitmen for a 4th round 2019 conditional pick.
Selected Mich Kohler 19 - F Committed to come over
Selected Linus Nassen 19 D - Status unknown
Tigers traded Jordan Henderson to Kootenay for a 6th round 2019 conditional pick
Current Overage CropTy Schultz ***
Zach Fisher ***
Mark Rassell ***
Brad Forrest *
Kristians Rubins **
Michael Bullion **
To maximize the potential for their lineup next season I feel the optimum route would be
If you're asking, Hey, where is Kristian Rubins?....... Well in this scenario Linus Nassen one of their Import picks would replace him in the lineup and it would let the Tigers keep an extra veteran defenceman...essentially keeping 2 vets instead of 1. This up coming season they may have another very good year so it would make sense to keep the extra veterans.
Their are 3 events that need to happen for that to take place
#1 Zach Fischer comes back from the Flames Training Camp
#2 Recently Acquired Jordan Hollett can prove to be a #1 starter
#3 Linus Nassen ( Import defenceman 3rd round 2016 NHL draft pick) reports to the Tigers so they free up an overage spot over Rubins
IF any of those scenarios don't happen it changes the whole ballgame.