Friday, September 2, 2016

Looking at the Winterhawks' Preseason Roster/Prospect List

I've received some requests for an updated version of Portland's prospect list with stats and information on who has signed.

Here it is.

Of note: the team has not officially announced the signings of Connor Bowie, Ty Kolle and Easton Easterson, but they were late additions to the preseason roster posted Thursday night. I will have more on them when it's official.

Portland plays Tri-City at 11:30am on Friday, September 2nd to start off the Everett preseason tourney and I will be in attendance.

The team is currently listing 19 forwards, nine d-men and three goalies for 31 players total. Rodrigo Abols is off playing for the Latvian national team at olympic qualifying and then heading to Vancouver Canucks camp. Keegan Iverson is going to the Traverse City tournament with the Minnesota Wild from 9/16-9/20. That leaves the team with plenty of time to slowly pare down the forward group. If Iverson is brought to main camp with the Wild, they could have a roster of, as many as, 16-17 forwards on opening night.

On defense, the team could end up carrying eight of the nine to opening night, as Caleb Jones will be away at Edmonton Oilers' camp.

One thing is for certain, the Everett tournament will help coach Mike Johnston to decide whom among the group will stay and whom will go. It will be exciting to get to watch the team in action for the first time vs. an opponent since being swept by Everett last March.

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