Archive for August, 2012

Titans Make Biggest Moves Of Off-Season Yet

August 28, 2012

Andy Bohmbach led the Titans with 27 goals and 37 assists last year, and returns for the 2012-13 season

On Monday, the Titans announced the return of their leading scorer from last season.  But that’s not all.

The team is bringing back forward Andy Bohmbach, but also made public the return of Adam Presizniuk and the addition of former Dartmouth defenseman Connor Goggin.  Also, Trenton is bringing in Joe Trotta as an assistant coach.

Let’s take this one step at a time…

Bohmbach was typically one of the best players on the ice while with the Titans last season.  He led the team in the major offensive categories — Rob Bordson would have, but went up to the AHL and stuck midway through the year — despite a ten-game stint with the Adirondack Phantoms.  This will mark his third season in the ECHL, and he’s tallied 28 and 27 goals in his first two seasons with Toledo and Trenton, respectively.

Presizniuk is most notable to me for having the most annoying last name to try to remember how to spell while on deadline.  Ahem.  Aside from that, he enjoyed a brief AHL stint with the Providence Bruins.  The durable 25-year-old was sixth on the Titans in goals (13) and third on the club with 27 assists in 69 games.  But he’ll need to improve on both of those totals if he’s going to get increased ice time.

Goggin is a 23-year-old defenseman who will be entering his first full professional season.  In four seasons with Dartmouth, the 6-foot-2, 180 pounder tallied 14 goals and 27 assists, with his point totals increasing in each of his last two seasons.  He got an extended look in the AHL with the Rockford IceHogs at the end of last year, playing in 12 games while registering two assists along the way.

Trotta has spent the past seven seasons in the NHL as a video coach for the Anaheim Ducks, and won a Stanley Cup ring with them during the 2006-07 season.  He is a former ECHL assistant coach, and replaces Todd Fedoruk, who joined the Titans during last season.

“We are very excited to have someone with Joe’s credentials coming on board,” said Titans’ CEO Rich Lisk in a team press release.  “His time the NHL will prove to be very valuable to our team and the development of our players.”

The Titans have now either signed or agreed to terms with 17 players — all forwards or defensemen.  The Flyers are sure to send around three to five players to the Titans, meaning a few of the guys you’ll see listed at the bottom will be without jobs once the season begins.

The team is also expecting one contracted goalie from Philadelphia, and it seems possible that the Devils could send a goalie here as well depending on how things play out.  The recent signing of Scott Munroe by the Flyers to an AHL deal would seem to push Cal Heeter down to Trenton — it seems unlikely that Niko Hovinen would come to the capital city as of now — but it’s uncertain which goaltender the Devils would send down if they were to do so. 

Two contracted goalies could put the Titans in a difficult situation if one needs to leave for an extended period of time, and Brian Stewart recently signed with Bakersfield, which eliminates a quality free agent possibility who would have been a great fit.  Trenton would then need to rely on an A-League type goaltender, perhaps an Adam Dekker-type, to get them through.

2012-13 Titans: Andy Bohmbach, Adam Presizniuk, Connor Goggin, David de Kastrozza, Derrick Pallis, Ryan Grimshaw, Mitch Versteeg, Drew Akins, Alexandre Beauregard, Ryan Hayes, Jacob Drewiske, Steve Schultz, Ray DiLauro, Eric Baier, Matt Germain and Mark Armstrong.  Additionally, Gregor Hanson has officially agreed to terms.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Titans Sign de Kastrozza, Bring Back Pallis

August 20, 2012

The Trenton Titans are expected to announce today that the team has signed forward David de Kastrozza and re-signed defenseman Derrick Pallis (pictured).

The organization is excited about the addition of de Kastrozza.  A 6-foot-3, 220 pounder de Kastrozza is a local product (Toms River) who earned 21 games with the AHL’s Hershey Bears last season, while splitting the rest of the year with ECHL South Carolina.

de Kastrozza, whose season was cut short due to a knee injury, combined for a career high 32 points between the Bears and Stingrays.  But more than anything else, the 25-year-old provides some much, much needed size to a front ten that badly needs it.

As for Pallis, he joined the Titans at the end of last season after his collegiate career at Princeton University came to an end.  Despite solid play with the Tigers, the 22-year-old struggled at times and posted just one point and a -9 rating in nine games with Trenton.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Versteeg, Grimshaw Returning To Trenton

August 14, 2012

Mitch Versteeg is back for another season with the Trenton Titans

The Titans were expected to announce on Monday that defensemen Mitch Versteeg and Ryan Grimshaw are returning for the 2012-13 season.

Versteeg provides some much needed size and grit to the club, and his physicality on the blue line was missed when he was out for 24 games due to injury last season.  In 48 games, the 6-foot-1, 200 pounder tallied four goals and added eight assists, racking up 66 penalty minutes along the way.

As for Grimshaw, he played in three games at the end of last season after his collegiate career ended at Harvard.  The 22-year-old, who is still looking for his first professional point, also played for his hometown Rochester Americans for a three-game stint as well.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Let My Cameron Go

August 10, 2012

According to their website, the Coventry Blaze of the British Elite Ice Hockey League have signed former Trenton Titans forward Dustin Cameron.  He’ll join former Titan Jerramie Domish and ex-NHL’er (and ex-con) Mike Danton there.

After splitting his first pro season between Elmira and Gwinnett in 2010-11, Cameron played all 72 games with Trenton last year and scored 22 goals while adding 25 assists.  It didn’t seem Trenton had much intent to bring him back, and they were believed to be looking to trade him to another team in the league outside of the division.

The knock on Cameron has been his play on the defensive side of the game, and perhaps for good reason.  He’s never been a plus player in his career — either in juniors or professionally — and is a -80 between the two levels.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Titans Bring Back Akins, Add Beauregard

August 7, 2012

 

Drew Akins comes back to the Titans after a strong showing in 2011-12

The Trenton Titans have made two more signings official, announcing that they’ve brought back forward Drew Akins and have signed Alexandre Beauregard.

Akins is a 26-year-old centerman whom the Titans acquired from the now (already) defunct Chicago Express at last year’s trade deadline.  The Minnesota native has scored just four goals in 41 ECHL games between Gwinnett, Chicago and Trenton, but the 5-foot-11 centerman managed to tally six points in 12 games with the Titans.  Unfortunately, his most notable moment with the team likely came in Reading, when he was pummeled in an ill-advised bout with the much larger Kyle Neuber.

A far more willing and capable combatant should be Beauregard.  On a typically-undersized Trenton team, Beauregard will add some size and toughness to a team that appears to need both.  The 21-year-old winger will be entering his first professional season after finishing his junior career in the QMJHL.  He recorded triple-digit penalty minute seasons in each of his last two years and scored a career high 8 goals and 16 assists while with Rouyn-Noranda in 2009-10.

Both signings were made official by the team during their Monday Ustream broadcast.  Several other players have agreed to deals, but the team has not yet released that information to the public. 

Officially, the team has signed the following players for the 2012-13 season: Drew Akins, Alexandre Beauregard, Ryan Hayes, Jacob Drewiske, Steve Schultz, Ray DiLauro, Eric Baier, Matt Germain and Mark Armstrong.  Additionally, Gregor Hanson has officially agreed to terms.

The team is expected to add a few players with Devils ties, around 4 or 5 players from the Flyers affiliation and a few returning and outside players as well. 

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com