The professional hockey schedule began just two weeks ago, but there have already been some former Black Hawks players on the move. Today we catch up on some of the Waterloo alumni who have been wearing different sweaters.
Zach Sanford >> St. Louis Blues
Sanford did not play in the NHL during 2017/18, missing most of last winter after suffering an upper body injury during the Blues’ training camp. When he completed his recovery, St. Louis assigned him to their American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. During 20 games there in the spring, he recorded four goals and three assists.
Joining the Blues in 2016/17 after a trade from the Washington Capitals, Sanford skated in 13 contests with five points (two goals and three assists). Wednesday, he could make his first NHL appearance since April 9, 2017 when the Blues visit the Montreal Canadiens.
Eamon McAdam >> Toronto Maple Leafs
During the offseason, McAdam moved from the New York Islanders’ organization to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Initially, he was assigned to the ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers, and won the first game in Growlers’ history with 21 saves.
Over the weekend, injuries led Toronto to bring him to the NHL level. Monday, he was on the bench as the backup during the Leaf’s 4-1 victory over the L.A. Kings. If McAdam is on the ice Thursday against Pittsburgh, or at any other point during this call up, he will be the first former Waterloo goalie to ever face a shot during a regular season NHL game.
Jacob MacDonald >> Springfield Thunderbirds
MacDonald’s first taste of the National Hockey League may have only been an appetizer, but it must have tasted pretty good. Signed by the Florida Panthers during the summer, MacDonald made the opening night roster out of training camp. He scored a goal during the first period of the season opener, a 2-1 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
After making one more appearance for Florida, MacDonald was assigned to the Panthers’ AHL affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds. His second debut of the season was even better. MacDonald scored twice Sunday – including the game-winning goal – during Springfield’s 6-3 win versus the Providence Bruins.
C.J. Motte >> Allen Americans
After spending time with four different pro teams in 2017/18, Motte made his first appearance for the Allen Americans of the ECHL on October 12th. Although he was on the downside of the 5-1 loss while facing 43 shots, Motte bounced back with 35 saves the next night during a 4-0 shutout against the Wichita Thunder.
Motte’s contract is with the Iowa Wild of the AHL. A call up would bring him back to Des Moines, where he spent part of last season.
Zach Palmquist >> Lehigh Valley Phantoms
After three full seasons with the Iowa Wild, Palmquist has found a new home in eastern Pennsylvania. Last year was his best as a professional; he tallied six goals and 28 assists in 67 games.
After three appearances for the Phantoms, Palmquist is seeking his first point, but the defenseman is +2. Among his new teammates is another former Black Hawk: Mark Friedman.
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