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- Rene Bourque is off to his longest goal drought to start a season since 2007-08. However, he has a while to go to beat his slump that year where he needed 12 games to record his first goal.
Of the many tryouts that the Hamilton Bulldogs invited to training camp, one of them is sticking around. Shortly after announcing another round of cuts (their second in as many days), the club has inked defenceman Antoine Corbin, now formerly of the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders, to a one year AHL contract. The remainder of the invites have all been cut.
Corbin completed his third full season on the Western circuit last year but it was a bit of a down season for him. The team won just 21 of 72 games in 2011-12 and only one player on the Raiders recorded a positive plus/minus number. Corbin tied for the team lead in games played by a defenceman while his career high 12 goals led all blueliners. The 20 year old sat second in assists by a defenceman (13) and points (25). He also recorded a -17 rating (which shockingly was second best out of Prince Albert's d-men) and 112 PIMS. This year, the 6'3 Corbin played in a couple of games with the Raiders prior to attending training camp where he collected a pair of goals to go along with four PIMS and a +1 rating.
Two other junior defencemen were vying for that final defence spot on Hamilton's roster. Etienne Boutet, who was cut late last night, has returned to Rimouski of the QMJHL while Kevin Gagne, who had an assist in the preseason, will return to Saint John, also of the QMJHL. Forward Stephen MacAulay, who was the only player to score in Hamilton's two preseason games (both losses to Toronto), was also let go and will join Gagne in reporting to the Sea Dogs.
These cuts follow up on a pair that came shortly after Monday's preseason loss. Forward Bobby Farnham, who impressed in the early stages of training camp, was given his outright release while Phillipe Lefebvre, who had five goals and six assists in 69 games with Hamilton last season, was assigned to Wheeling of the ECHL. This leaves 25 players with the team, including injured rookie Morgan Ellis. Unlike the NHL, there are no roster restrictions in terms of how many players are carried on the roster at any given time. Here is a look at who remains in camp:
|Forwards (15)||Defencemen (7)|
|Alexander Avtsin||Nathan Beaulieu|
|Alain Berger||Antoine Corbin|
|Michael Blunden||Morgan Ellis|
|Michael Bournival||Brendon Nash|
|Darryl Boyce||Greg Pateryn|
|Gabriel Dumont||Frederic St. Denis|
|Brendan Gallagher||Jarred Tinordi|
|Kyle Hagel (also plays D)|
|Joonas Nattinen||Goaltenders (3)|
|Aaron Palushaj||Peter Delmas|
|Steve Quailer||Cedrick Desjardins|
|Zack Stortini||Robert Mayer|
Corbin's Career Stats
- Official Press Release