IndyPuck link roundup 9/30

Time for a final preseason link roundup. At this time next week, the Indy Fuel will be playing their first exhibition games in Alaska, we’ll be on the eve of the NHL regular season, and hockey will be right around the corner.

Indy Fuel/ECHL

  • ICYMI, we had a post on Monday (and updated it today) looking at the rosters of the Blackhawks, AHL Rockford IceHogs and the ECHL Indy Fuel. No predictions on who goes where.
  • The Fuel added the 15th player to their roster last week, inking forward Robert Czarnik, a former 3rd-round NHL draft pick who has AHL experience in the Kings and Canadiens’ systems.
  • The AHL Rockford IceHogs are in training camp this week – with four current Fuel players and a few that will likely end up on the roster. Here are the wrapups from Day 1 (video from coach Ted Dent and players Mark McNeill and Jamie Wise) and Day 2 (video from coach Ted Dent and players Alex Broadhurst, Stephen Johns and Viktor Svedberg). Rockford plays its first preseason game Thursday. The Fuel players in the Rockford camp are Garrett Klotz, Brett Perlini, Klarc Wilson and Nick Bruneateau. It’s Wilson’s second AHL/NHL camp this fall – he also participated in the Canucks’ rookie camp. The Hockey News’ transaction list also notes that Fuel signees Kenton Miller (Manchester) and Robert Czarnik (St. John’s) will be in AHL camps.
  • The ECHL’s Stockton Thunder are for sale, with the owner planning to sell to a successor who will keep the team in Stockton.

Indiana Ice

Elsewhere in hockey

  • Those of us who have enjoyed hockey at Bankers Life Fieldhouse – an NBA arena where the seats are built around a 94-foot basketball floor, not a 200-foot hockey rink – can’t be shocked at the reports of obstructed-view seats at the soon-to-be Isles new home, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Like the Fieldhouse (and the Phoenix arena that was the Coyotes’ first home), it’s a basketball-first facility. That said, the off-center scoreboard and the rink’s obstructed views have brought about more than a few complaints.