Kyle Rogers is in Toronto and expected to play soon for the AHL’s Marlies, but he didn’t get into the lineup for Wednesday’s 2-0 home win over Grand Rapids. Rogers is a bruiser who scouts think could become a third-line energy guy. He’s certainly big enough. And tough. How tough? He played through a bout with mono for much of his junior year. He was supposed to have his spleen checked according to this story in the Erie paper from Victor Fernandes. Hopefully, he’ll be good to go on Friday when the Marlies travel to Manitoba.
• Meanwhile, Matt Caruana is ready and raring to play for the Portland Pirates, Anaheim’s AHL team, when they travel to Worcester on Friday. Caruana told me that he talked with former NU star Sean Bentivoglio, who is now with the Islanders’ AHL team in Bridgeport about life in the AHL. Caruana’s comment about Bentivoglio “putting (Niagara) back on the map,” might be an oversimplification, but it’s interesting.
• Life in the pros has been tough for Les Reaney, who left Niagara just before the team won the CHA title. He signed with Edmonton, got sent to Springfield in the AHL, sat in the press box for each of the Falcons’ games, got demoted to the ECHL’s Stockton, and was a healthy scratch in Saturday’s game against Victoria. Reaney’s got one point and is a minus-3 in five games.
Say this, though, he might be in the best ECHL city in the country. Stockton sold the joint out again on Saturday — packing 9,737 into Stockton Arena. The Thunder led the ECHL in attendance. I grabbed a clip of a goal from earlier this season and dropped it below. Looks like they won the Stanley Cup!