Meet Your 2018-19 Syracuse Crunch

2018-19 Syracuse Crunch Roster

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Syracuse Crunch open their 2018-19 campaign on the road in Hershey, PA on Saturday. Crunch fans know that Tampa is great at using it’s AHL club for developing talent. This years opening night roster consists of 13 Tampa Bay draft picks who are undoubtedly hoping to follow in the footsteps of former Crunch players who have made their way to the NHL.

Let’s get to know a little bit about each player:

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Syracuse Crunch Forwards

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#11 Dennis Yan

Drafted by Tampa Bay 64th overall in 2015 (3rd round)

Yan played in 43 games in his first professional season. He recorded 13 goals and 10 assists. He had a decent preseason with Tampa Bay and will look to continue his development in Syracuse this year.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

*#12 Alex Barré-Boulet

Undrafted

After competing for five years in the QMJHL, including scoring 116 points in only 65 games last season, Barré-Boulet inked a three-year entry level contract with Tampa Bay last March. It will be interesting to see how the 21-year-old adjusts to the speed of the AHL this season.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

*#13 Boris Katchouk

Drafted by Tampa Bay 44th overall in 2016 (2nd round)

Katchouk is a well-rounded forward who possesses good offensive instincts. Speedy and a generates a good amount of offense. He put up 202 points in his 199 game OHL career with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

#15 Andy Andreoff

Drafted by Los Angeles 80th overall in 2011 (3rd round)

Andreoff was acquired by Tampa Bay in exchange for Peter Budaj in June. After playing full-time in the NHL for the last three seasons, Andreoff was cut from Tampa Bay training camp and sent to Syracuse last week.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

*#16 Otto Somppi

Drafted by Tampa Bay 206th overall in 2016 (7th round)

Somppi had no trouble putting pucks in the net in his three years playing in the QMJHL. As long as he adjusts to the speed and physicality of the professional game he should be able to contribute regularly for the Crunch.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

#17 Jonne Tammela

Drafted by Tampa Bay 118th overall in 2015 (4th round)

It’s been a long, tough road for Tammela. In 2016-17 he underwent THREE knee surgeries and only played 2 games the entire season. Last year Tampa Bay decided to keep him in Syracuse, where he had been rehabbing, instead of sending him to the OHL for his final season. He only scored 3 goals, but they came within his first 8 games played. It will be interesting to see how he does this year.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

*#18 Taylor Raddysh

Drafted by Tampa Bay 58th overall in 2016 (2nd round)

Raddysh is looking to start his professional career right where he ended his OHL career – by contributing offensively. He was well over a point per game player in his 241 OHL games. Raddysh definitely knows how to put the puck in the net as well as set up teammates. He will be a fun and exciting player to watch this season.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

#19 Brady Brassart

Undrafted

The 25-year-old spent the last 3 years in the ECHL with the exception of a 9 game stint with AHL Utica last season where he went pointless. He did have a good season with the Idaho Steelheads putting up 23 goals and 31 assists in 50 games. It was enough to earn him a one-year AHL contract over the summer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”1135″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_outline_circle_2″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

#20 Troy Bourke

Drafted by Colorado 72nd overall in 2012 (3rd round)

Bourke is a smart, quick forward who can play both center and wing. He has spent most of his career in the AHL scoring 63 points over 212 games. Some may remember him from his 7 playoff games with Syracuse last season. He contributed 10 goals and 22 assists in 22 games for Adirondack of the ECHL last season. Bourke should be a permanent fixture in the Syracuse lineup this season.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”1129″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_outline_circle_2″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

#21 Carter Verhaeghe

Drafted by Toronto 82nd overall in 2013 (3rd round)

Remember Kristers Gudlevskis? He was traded to the Islanders in exchange for Verhaeghe in the summer of 2017. Last year with Syracuse, Verhaeghe recorded 48 points in 58 regular season games before adding 8 more in 7 playoff games.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

*#22 Ross Colton

Drafted by Tampa Bay 118th overall in 2016 (4th round)

Colton decided to forego his junior and senior seasons at the University of Vermont and sign a two-year contract with the Lightning over the summer. Last year he led his team with 16 goals and 7 assists over 36 games. He was also second in points his freshman season with 27.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

#40 Gabriel Dumont

Drafted by Montreal 139th overall in 2009 (5th round)

An AHL veteran that knows how to put pucks in the net. He started the season with the Lightning then was claimed off waivers by Ottawa where he played 23 games. When Ottawa placed him on waivers, Tampa re-claimed him and sent him to Syracuse. He excelled in the AHL, scoring 5 goals and 16 assists in 18 games in addition to his 5 points in 4 playoff games.

His veteran voice in the locker room should be extremely beneficial to this fairly young Syracuse team.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”1134″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_outline_circle_2″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

#67 Mitchell Stephens

Drafted by Tampa Bay 33rd overall in 2015 (2nd round)

Mitchell Stephens is a fast skater who loves to play physical. He has very good hands and puck skills. He has a quick shot release which fools a lot of goalies. Stephens scored 19 goals in 70 games last season.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”1127″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_outline_circle_2″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

#83 Alexander Volkov

Drafted by Tampa Bay 48th overall in 2017 (2nd round)

Volkov was a relatively unknown player, much like Sosunov, prior to being drafted. During his first year in North American he posted 23 goals and 22 assists, good for 45 points in 75 games. He should be slotted in one of the top two winger positions this season.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

#93 Olivier Archambault

Drafted by Montreal 108th overall in 2011 (4th round)

After spending most of his career riding buses in the ECHL on different teams for each of his first four seasons, Archambault finally caught a break in 2017-18. After being loaned to Syracuse from the Allen American the Crunch liked what they saw and signed Archambault to a contract extension. That extension included all of this season. In 29 games with the Crunch he scored 10 goals and added 8 assists, good for 31 points.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Syracuse Crunch Defense

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#2 Hubert Labrie

Undrafted 

Labrie has spent most of his career in the AHL where he has racked up 12 goals and 41 assists in 342 games. Better known for his physicality, he has also amassed 388 penalty minutes during that time. Labrie signed a one-year AHL contract over the summer after splitting time between the Hartford Wolfpack and Hershey Bears last season.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”1133″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_outline_circle_2″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

#23 Matthew Spencer

Drafted by Tampa Bay 44th overall in 2015 (2nd round)

Split time last year between Adirondack and Syracuse. Not a big offensive producer, but excels under pressure and has a high hockey sense. He will jump up in the play from time to time to try to create offense.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

#24 Cameron Gaunce 

Drafted by Colorado 50th overall in 2008 (2nd round)

Gaunce is a fringe NHL fourth liner who has spent almost all of his 8-year career in the AHL. He signed a one-year contract with Tampa over the summer, the 6th organization he has been in. In 535 total AHL games he has compiled 171 points.

His younger brother, Brendan, is also a professional hockey player. They will be seeing a lot of each other with Brendan playing just an hour down the road in Utica with the Comets.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

*#25 Cal Foote

Drafted by Tampa Bay 14th overall in 2017 (1st round)

Crunch fans got to see a little of what Cal Foote can do at the end of last season. He appeared in 6 regular season games and 7 playoff games recording 3 points total. Cal reads plays quickly and understands the offensive and defensive side of his position. Expect to see him spending a lot of time on special teams this season.

Cal has had a great teacher growing up. His father is two-time Stanley Cup champion Adam Foote who played 1154 NHL games over the course of his career.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

#27 Dominik Masin

Drafted by Tampa Bay 35th overall in 2014 (2nd round)

Masin has settled into his role nicely with the Crunch. After recording only 6 points in his 69 game rookie season, he contributed 24 points in 72 games last year. His development is coming along nicely and could potentially make his NHL debut this season if Tampa needs to call-up a defenseman.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”1132″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_outline_circle_2″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

#44 Erik Cernak

Drafted by Los Angeles 43rd overall in 2015 (2nd round)

Cernak made his professional debut last season with the Crunch. He finished the season with 18 points in 71 games. He is a big, strong defenseman with excellent reach. He was one of the final cuts from training camp and should expect to be one of the first call-ups should Tampa need to add a defenseman.

Cernak came to the Lightning in February of 2017 with Peter Budaj in exchange for Ben Bishop.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

*#76 Oleg Sosunov

Drafted by Tampa Bay 178th overall in 2016 (6th round)

Sosunov is a giant at 6’8″ and 230 pounds, but there isn’t much known about him. He has played almost exclusively in Russia with the exception of last season in the WHL. He played 71 games for the Moose Jaw Warriors where he recorded 26 points.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Syracuse Crunch Goalies

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#30 Connor Ingram

Drafted by Tampa Bay 88th overall in 2016 (3rd round)

Ingram started the majority of Syracuse’s games last season (35) finishing with a 20-11-0 record. His numbers were decent – 2.33 goals-against average and .960 save percentage. Eddie Pasquale will battle him for that starting spot, but the competition should benefit both of them.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]

#80 Eddie Pasquale

Drafted by Atlanta 117th overall in 2009 (4th round)

Pasquale is an AHL veteran with 238 games under his belt. Regardless, I think he spends the majority of the season backing up Ingram so he can develop his game. Pasquale did have a solid showing in 15 games with Syracuse last season. He compiled a 10-1-2 record with a 1.72 goals-against average and .938 save percentage. With numbers like that he may push Ingram out of the starter’s spot.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Photos: Syracuse Crunch[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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