|Dallas camp in Cedar Park two weeks ago (Credit: Texas Stars)|
UPDATE: Dallas assigned Alexander Petrovic, Marian Studenic and Riley Tufte on Monday afternoon after they cleared waivers.
Dallas continues to reduce its training camp roster, which will add more players to the roster in Cedar Park. The AHL training camp is closed to the public but will go throughout this week. Texas does not have any preseason games given that they have no teams within an easy drive from their home arena.
The following players opened camp with Texas today. Players in italics were not in camp with Dallas previously.
Forwards (12): Riley Barber, Matej Blumel, Ryan Dmowski, Justin Ducharme, Rhett Gardner, Jordan Kawaguchi, Tanner Kero, Curtis McKenzie, Justin Misiak, Michael Pastujov, Antonio Stranges, Janis Svanenbergs
Defensemen (8): Dawson Barteaux, Nick Canade, Joseph Cecconi, Ben Gleason, Owen Headrick, Michael Karow, Jerad Rosburg, Cory Thomas
Goaltenders (3): Matt Murray, Remi Poirier, Adam Scheel
It is early, yes, but the depth here looks incredibly strong. With just this group, Texas has a formidable forward corps building and a very seasoned blueline. I think Matt Murray's place as the top goalie here in Cedar Park is his to lose. The question of what happens in Dallas with Anton Khudobin could still shake things up for depth in the AHL.
That being said, I'll have an eye on Remi Poirier and Adam Scheel. My gut would say that Scheel gets the AHL nod with Poirier in Idaho. But that's just based on the extra year of experience. I could also see a platoon situation where the two of them rotate to Idaho over the early season to get playing time and starter minutes.
I'm a little surprised that a goalie like Jake Kupsky, signed in Idaho, didn't get a training camp invite to Texas. Idaho will start their training camp in a week on October 10th with their first game slated for October 21 on the road in Iowa.
Texas anticipates a media day next week ahead of opening night on Friday, October 14.