Recently thin at forward, the Alaska Aces now have a surplus up front, with winger Evan Trupp returning from Abbotsford of the AHL and the Heat also assigned rookie winger Turner Elson to the Aces today.
Those moves were reported on the AHL's transactions page.
Trupp, of Anchorage, was second in scoring among Aces when he left for his first AHL duty, giving Alaska 10-20--30 totals in 33 games. In Abbotsford, he went 1-3--4 and +3 in seven games. He's still tied for third among Aces scorers.
Elson, 21, played 30 games for Abbotsford, with 2-0--2 totals and an even rating. Last season for Red Deer of the Western Hockey League, he went 26-31--57 in 64 games and was +26.
Along with additions Brett Findlay and Jordan Morrison, both of whom the Aces signed last week after those players' previous club, the ECHL's San Francisco Bulls, folded, the Aces now appear to have 13 forwards. Typically, an ECHL club dresses 10 forwards and six defenseman, though Aces coach Rob Murray in the team's last game went with a lineup of 11 and five.
(UPDATE) -- Uh, make that 12 forwards, we discovered after sliding by practice this morning. Rookie center Eli Zuck is out with an upper-body injury. Hint: Zuck and Idaho Steelheads forward Andrew Conboy (6-4, 200) had a wicked face-to-face collision in the neutral zone in the opening minutes of Idaho's 4-2 win on Saturday night -- neither player appeared to see the other before they steamrolled each other.
In any event, the Aces have only six defensemen on the active roster, so it's not as if they have so many players active that someone needs to get jettisoned -- at least that is how it appears on the surface.
Also, not to be a buzz-kill, but injuries have been frequent on the club this season. Through 41 games, 13 different Aces have missed a combined 191 games to injuries.
At the moment, the injured crew includes forwards Andy Taranto, David Eddy and Tim Coffman, and defenseman Corey Syvret and James Martin. Also, defenseman Ben Parker missed the last game with an upper-body injury that coach Rob Murray said was day-to-day.
By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com