Petes ink Trolley, McMullen; roster down to 27 players
Peterborough Petes signed local boy Curtis Trolley and 2018 15th round draft pick Keegan McMullen on Thursday.
The club also announced it has reassigned four players in advance of their pre-season opener Friday.
The Petes now have 27 players on their roster including three goalies, nine defencemen and 15 forwards.
The Petes reassigned goalie Ben Edwards and skaters Will Everson, Chase MacIntyre and Tucker Robertson to major midget and Jr. A clubs on Thursday.
The Petes have now signed 26 players but not all will play at the OHL level this season.
Final roster decisions won’t likely be made until the conclusion of their five pre-season games.
Trolley, a 2001-born forward, is a former Erie Otters draft pick who came to camp as a free agent after playing the past two years for the Lindsay Muskies.
“Curtis is someone we noticed playing minor midget here in Peterborough and we monitored his progress in Lindsay,” said Petes GM Mike Oke.
“He works hard every time he’s on the ice. In training camp he really seemed to elevate his game again over last year. After every ice session all the scouts and coaches commented at certain points that he was noticeable.”
McMullen, a 2002-born forward, was the very last player selected in the 2018 OHL draft.
He left his home in Cambridge to play Jr. A in Timmins last season and was invited to the Canada East camp this year for the World Jr. A Hockey Challenge.
“He worked hard and got stronger and stronger as last season went along,” Oke said. “In the playoffs he was one of Timmins’ key performers.”
The Petes start their pre-season at the Kitchener Rangers Showcase Tournament this weekend starting with the Saginaw Spirit on Friday at 2 p.m. in Kitchener. They also face the North Bay Battalion at 2 p.m. Saturday and the Rangers at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The remaining goalies include incumbents Hunter Jones and Tye Austin and signed rookie Michael Simpson.
On defence there are returning players Declan Chisholm, John Parker-Jones, Matt McNamara, Ryan Merkley, Shawn Spearing, import pick David Maier, overage candidate Quinn Hanna and signed rookies Artem Guryev and Josh Kavanagh.
Returning forwards include Cameron Butler, Chad Denault, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, Zach Gallant, Max Grondin, Brady Hinz, Dustin Hutton, Liam Kirk, Michael Little and Nick Robertson. Other signed forwards include J.R. Avon, Mason McTavish, Cole Patey, McMullen and Trolley.
“We’re pretty excited with how things unfolded over the first couple of days of camp,” Oke said.
On Thursday, the Petes had “two practices and a couple of opportunities for the coaches to meet with the players to go through some video and start the process of some of the systems they’d like to see implemented. There will be some teaching and that will very quickly carry into three games in three days in Kitchener.”
A weekend away will be good for team building, he said.
“It’s a good opportunity for the returning guys to get reacquainted with one another and also for the returning guys and first-year players to start to get to know one another. The coaches will get an opportunity to see everyone thrown right into the fire,” Oke said.
“I can’t stress enough how impressed we were with the level of conditioning everyone arrived to camp in. Each player, to a man returning players and first-year players, showed a high level of commitment over the summer in their training.
“That was evident in the fitness testing and in the scrimmages. Every time they seemed to get on the ice the level of intensity was a little bit stronger and the level of execution a little bit stronger.”
Peterborough Minor Midget Petes’ Curtis Trolley is checked by Markham Waxers’ Owen McKnight during Peterborough Minor Hockey Council’s Midget Tournament of Champions on Jan. 21, 2017 at the Evinrude Centre. Trolley signed with the OHL’s Peterborough Petes on Thursday.