Abbotsford Heat (0-0-0-0) @ Grand Rapids Griffins (0-0-0-0)
7:00 pm EDT
The Griffins kick off their, and the 2010/11 AHL season, when they host the Abbotsford Heat at Van Andel Arena. The Heat placed third in the North Division last season, the Griffins finished last but will be looking for a much stronger season. They will be boosted by the return of veteran goaltender Joey MacDonald who will get the opening night start.
The Griffins have a virtually new-look outfit this season, proven AHL point producers Chris Minard and Chris Minard will be asked to shoulder a lot of the offensive duties. Rookie forwards Joakim Andersson and Willie Coetzee will be hoping for successful starts to their AHL careers. The wildcard could be Ilari Filppula, brother of Flip, who could is a slick playmaker who should assist the Griffin youngsters. There are also exciting new arrivals on the blueline, led by rookie sensation Brendan Smith. Brian Lashoff is also a permanent member after having a few brief impressive stints in past seasons. Greg Amadio is also a newcomer, and Derek Meech will bolster the blueline.
Just take a glance at the possible line-up below, is that line-up stacked or what?! Go Griffins!
Johnson - Filppula - Minard
Owens - Emmerton - Mursak
Tatar - Andersson - Tardif
Coetzee - Raedeke - Pare
(Maltby likely to be recalled by DRW)
Janik - Smith
Meech - Lashoff
Pyett - Amadio
Edited by Aussie_Wing, 08 October 2010 - 06:41 AM.