St. Cloud, MN – With the American Hockey League scheduled to resume play on February 5th, this might be a good time to check in on the whereabouts of former St. Cloud State University players. The update shows the years with St. Cloud State University.
Nick and Jack Poehling (2016-20) | Current Team: Ontario Reign – AHL
The Poehling brothers both signed a one-year deal with the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League in October. Due to the delayed start of the AHL season, they were placed on loan to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the East Coast Hockey League. Regulars in the lineup for 10 games, Nick produced 3 goals and 1 assist for 4 points and Jack logged 4 assists.
Both have been recalled to the Ontario Reign for the start of the delayed 2020-21 season. Nick will be wearing jersey #23 while Jack will wear #24. They’ll join familiar faces Mikey Eyssimont (SCSU 2015-18) Jack Sadek (Lakeville North H.S, U of MN, 2015-19), Nick Halloran (Colorado College, 2016-20), and Daniel Brickley (Minnesota State – Mankato, 2015-18) on the squad. Should be an interesting team to follow.
They begin play on Saturday, February 6th vs Jimmy Schuldt and the Henderson Silver Knights at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
Kevin Gravel (2010-2014) | Current Team: Bakersfield Condors – AHL
After being drafted in the 5th round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Gravel has logged over 100 NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He had most recently signed a one-year contract with the Maple Leafs as a free agent on 7/1/2019.
Gravel was recently a late-addition to the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL signing a one-year deal with the club. The Condors begin play on Friday, February 5th vs the San Diego Gulls.
Jimmy Schuldt (2015-19) | Henderson Silver Knights – AHL
Jimmy Schuldt signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Las Vegas Golden Knights of the NHL on October 8, 2020 and has been assigned to the Henderson Silver Knights for their inaugural season in the American Hockey League. They’ll be playing their home games at Orleans Arena located at the Orleans Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
Schuldt played 52 games for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL last season registering 6 goals and 15 assists for 21 points.
The Silver Knights begin their season at home on Saturday, February 6th vs former Huskies Nick and Jack Poehling and Mikey Eyssimont and the Ontario Reign.
Kalle Kossila (2012-16) | HC Munchen Red Bull – German League
Kossila was originally signed as a free agent by the Anaheim Ducks in 2016 and has been a big producer at the AHL level with 147 points in 182 games. He’s appeared in 19 NHL games registering 3 points.
He signed a two-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs in July of 2019 but only appeared in 12 games due to what was described as migraine issues. In December, Kossila was placed on loan to the EHC Munchen Red Bull club by Toronto after clearing waivers. Still, under contract with Toronto, it appears he may play the season in Germany where he’s having a productive season thus far with 11 points in 12 games.
Dennis Cholowski (2016-17) | Grand Rapids Griffins – AHL
Chowloski, one of the highest-drafted Huskies ever, signed an Entry-Level Contract with the Detroit Red Wigs on 4/15/17 but due to his age and lack of time in the NHL was a victim of the Entry Level Slide converting the three-year deal to four years.
Still only 22, Cholowski has already logged 88 NHL games with 9 goals and 15 assists for 24 points. He’s also split time in the AHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins with 3 goals and 22 assists in 56 games. However, his -46 plus/minus in the NHL and -14 in the AHL are concerning.
Cholowski started off the season on the Detroit Red Wings taxi squad but this week, Cholowski was re-assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins. Because of his age, Cholowski is still considered a prospect but with his Entry-Level Contract expiring in 2021 decisions will have to be made by the parent club and he’s on the fringe of being called up this season.
Robby Jackson (2015-19) | Utica Comets – AHL
Jackson, who is currently a property of the St. Louis Blues, played for the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL in 2019-20 having a productive season with 19 goals and 21 assists for 40 points in 57 games. With San Antonio moving to Henderson, NV, and becoming an affiliate of the Las Vegas Knights, Jackson was assigned to the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League. Because of COVID-19, the Blues affiliate, Springfield opted to sit out this season, so the Blues made an agreement with the Vancouver Canucks to share their Utica affiliate.
Jackson is currently with the Utica Comets and will be rostered with the team as they begin the season on February 5th vs the Rochester Americans.
Jon Lizotte (2015-19) | Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins – AHL
Lizotte re-signed with Wilkes-Barre Scranton, a Pittsburg Penguins affiliate in May of 2020 for the 2020-21 season. Lizotte had an outstanding season with the Penguins in 2019-20 appearing in 59 games and logging 17 assists and led the team with his +16 rating.
The Penguins are scheduled to host the Binghamton Devils on February 6th.
Jack Ahcan (2016-20) | Providence Bruins – AHL
One of the all-time top-scoring defensemen for the Huskies, Ahcan signed as a free agent and inked a two-year, two-way Entry-Level Contract with the Boston Bruins on March 26, 2020. Ahcan was assigned to the Bruins ECHL affiliate, the Jacksonville Icemen to log two games before being called up to their training camp on December 31. Subsequently, he was assigned to their top affiliate, the Providence Bruins to begin the season in the AHL.
Ahcan was impressive in the Bruins training camp and scored in the Providence Bruins final pre-season game vs the Hartford Wolf Pack on Sunday, January 31. He joins former UMD Bulldog defenseman Nick Wolff in Providence.
Providence hosts the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in their season-opening game on Friday, February 5th.
Patrick Newell (2015-19) | Hartford Wolf Pack – AHL
After an All-American year with the Huskies in 2018-19, Newell signed a two-year, two-way Entry-Level Contract with the New York Rangers on March 30, 2019. He appeared in 57 games for the Rangers affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack in 2019-20 scoring 6 goals and adding 7 assists for 13 points.
Once again, Newell will begin the season with the Wolf Pack and be joined by former SCSU Husky Jonny Brodzinski, UMD forward Justin Richards, and Western Michigan University forward Austin Rueschoff.
The Wolf Pack begin their season on Sunday, February 7th vs the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Ethan Prow (2012-2016) | EHC Munchen Red Bull – German League
After an exemplary career with the Huskies, Prow signed a free agent Entry-Level Contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 29, 2016, and a subsequent one-year extension on July 13, 2018. He signed a two-year, two-way free-agent contract with the Florida Panthers on July 1, 2019.
Prow has logged 220 games in the AHL between the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and the Springfield Thunderbirds scoring 32 goals and adding 84 assists for 116 points and +32.
He was set to begin another season in Springfield before the Thunderbirds suspended operations for the season due to COVID-19. As a result, on January 28th, the Florida Panthers have loaned Prow to the EHC Munchen Red Bulls for the 2020-21 season.
Jonny Brodzinski (2012-15) | Hartford Wolf Pack-AHL/New York Rangers -NHL
Brodzinski is already into his 6th season of professional hockey after being drafted by the LA Kings and signing an Entry Level Contract with them on April 1, 2015. He subsequently signed a one-year contract as an unrestricted free agent with the San Jose Sharks on 7/2/2019 and again as an unrestricted free agent with the New York Rangers on October 9, 2020.
He’s appeared in 57 career NHL games netting 6 goals and 6 assists for 12 points. He’s had a productive career in the AHL between the Ontario Reign and San Jose Barracuda with 70 goals and 68 assists for 138 points in 200 games.
Brodzinski appeared he was to start the season with the Hartford Wolf Pack but was called up by the New York Rangers on February 1st.
In the NHL:
Will Borgen (2015-18) | Buffalo Sabres (0-0-0-0)
Nick Jensen (2010-13) | Washington Capitals (6-0-1-1)
Nic Dowd (2010-14) | Washington Capitals (9-2-1-3)
Blake Lizotte (2017-19) | Los Angeles Kings (8-2-0-2)
Patrick Russell (2014-16) | Edmonton Oilers (1-0-1-1)
Ryan Poehling (2016-19) | Montreal Canadiens (0-0-0-0)
Charlie Lindgren (2013-16) | Montreal Canadiens (0-0-0)
Jonny Brodzinski (2012-15) | New York Rangers (0-0-0-0)