It looks like the St. John's IceCaps will have a crowded bus for the foreseeable future. While the club has trimmed two forwards from their opening night roster, their plans are carry on with a contingent of 28 players.
We keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, but the IceCaps still top the standings in the AHL. This came as the team recorded their first two-game sweep at home against the Connecticut Whale (NYR) last weekend. Yet the true testament to their success is that despite the parent club in Winnipeg calling up six of the best IceCaps over the past few weeks, St. John's has done nothing but win.
After last night's decisive win over the Connecticut Whale, the IceCaps put themselves two points ahead of the rest of the Eastern Conference, and second overall in the league behind the Houston Aeros. Yet what made the win all the more impressive is the number of noteworthy players on recall in Winnipeg.
Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has mandated that their organization will evaluate players based on performance, as opposed to contract status or draft ranking. In other words, they aren't planning to hand over roster spots to players who were early draft picks or who are on one-way deals; they will have to earn their spots, instead.