We now know where almost all of the members of last season’s Sioux team will start this season.
The Winnipeg Jets sent Jason Gregoire to St. John’s on Sunday.
The Colorado Avalanche sent Brad Malone to Lake Erie (Cleveland) on Sunday (look out Ohio, this means both Malone and Evan Trupp are going to be invading your state).
And all signs are pointing to Matt Frattin being on the opening-day roster of the Toronto Maple Leafs. There was speculation that he was battling Nazem Kadri for the final spot (or that both could make it). Kadri now is injured and the Leafs are saying that Frattin is “NHL ready.”
Earlier last week, the Minnesota Wild assigned Chay Genoway to Houston and the Phoenix Coyotes assigned Brett Hextall to Portland.
With Brent Davidson in Sweden, Trupp under contract with ECHL Cincinnati and Derrick LaPoint under contract with ECHL Reading (Pa.), the last player’s destination to be determined is Jake Marto.
Marto is on a two-way contract with St. John’s (AHL) and Colorado (ECHL) in Winnipeg’s organization.
Several other Sioux are in NHL camps right now without a contract for the season (to my knowledge), including Ryan Johnson, David Toews, Joe Finley and Corey Fienhage.
Despite being sent down to start the year, keep an eye on transactions throughout the year. There’s a good chance that Gregoire, Malone and Genoway could make it to the show by the end of the season.