Petes ink Trol­ley, McMullen; ros­ter down to 27 play­ers

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - MIKE DAVIES Ex­am­iner Sports Direc­tor [email protected]­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

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.”

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER FILE PHOTO

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.

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