Highlights from the Waiver Wire, 10/1/2016 Edition

With each passing day, we get closer to the start of the
2016-17 NHL season and hockey games with actual value in the standings. We also
get closer to completed rosters, a fact which means the names on the waiver
wire get more interesting by the day.

  • LD Brandon Gormley. Gormley
    was a first-round pick in 2010, billed as a smart two-way defenceman with good
    mobility, decent size and skill with the puck. I liked him as
    a stopgap gamble last season
    , but then he went to the minors and put up six
    points and a minus-19 rating over 39 AHL games. That ugly half-season in the
    American League is out of sync with the rest of his career, but he needs to
    prove something down there before he gets another shot in the big leagues.
  • RW Alex Grenier. Grenier
    is 6’5”, put up 48 points in 69 AHL games last year, and just turned 25.
    Canucks Army has a
    piece up on the decision to waive him
    , and I’d also recommend this summer’s
    prospect
    profile
    of the player.
  • G Mike McKenna. McKenna
    is an exceptional AHL starter. He’s 33, but last season posted a 0.921 save percentage
    for Florida’s farm team and has been a solid minor-league goalie for the last
    half-decade. Unlike a lot of pigeon-holed No. 3 goalies, he’s actually been
    given NHL minutes at points, though he hasn’t done much with them.  
  • RD Brent Regner. Regner
    found his wat into the majors with the Florida Panthers last season, appearing
    in seven contests. His underlying
    numbers
    in that span were nothing to write home about, although he’s still
    a reasonable recall option on the right side at some point later this season.
  • RW Cole Schneider. The
    26-year-old left-shooting right wing isn’t a player I’m overly familiar with,
    but he combines a solid defensive reputation with average size and pretty
    decent scoring numbers (56 points in 73 games) in the AHL. He found his way
    into two NHL contests in Buffalo last season.
  • G Jeremy Smith. Smith
    is a pretty interesting guy. He’s a Nashville-developed goalie who struggled
    early in his career (0.899 SV% in the ECHL as a rookie pro) but has since
    emerged as one of the best AHL’ers around. He’s only 27. Goaltending is a weird
    position in that plenty of top AHL ‘tenders just never get a shot in the
    majors; I’m hoping at some point Smith gets a run of games so we can see if his
    strong minor-league performance translates to the show.
  • LD Ryan Stanton. Stanton,
    a smart stay-at-home defenceman with mobility issues played two seasons with
    the Canucks, but found his way to the minors last season and stayed their
    pretty much all year. There’s a ton of stuff on this player at Canucks Army –
    basically he
    was full value early
    in his tenure in Vancouver and then
    fell apart
    in his second season with the club.
  • RW Zack Stortini. Stortini
    played 250-odd NHL games over the course of his career and compiled 725 penalty
    minutes, but he’s settled neatly into the role of AHL depth forward. He’s
    played just one major-league game in the last five seasons, though he has
    pretty decent offensive ability for an enforcer.
  • LW Joe Whitney. Whitney
    is a point-per-game AHL forward. He’s also 5’6” and 28 years old. I have a soft
    spot for this player-type, because you just never know, but it’s hard to
    imagine him getting claimed.

All things considered, yesterday’s waiver list was probably
a little more talented, though we should see progression in talent the rest of
the way. Schneider (or Smith, for a team with goalie needs) is probably the
most interesting guy waived today but again it is unlikely that any of these players
will be claimed. 

Check out Renaud Lavoie’s feed for the full list of players waived today. 

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