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Drew Olson(21) Lillihammer

Drew Olson

2nd year defenseman/left wing Drew Olson(21) leaves North American hockey to try his game in Norway’s GET-ligaen, signing a one-year deal with Lillehammer.

He played his rookie season under contract with Syracuse Crunch after being traded to Tampa Bay Lightning organization for future considerations before his first campaign started.

Originally a Columbus Blue Jackets‘ 4th round pick in the 2008 draft (#118 overall), they seemed to cool on him as he played at University Of Minnesota-Duluth despite being part of the 2011 NCAA Championship team.

In 47 AHL games he scored 3 goals and 1 assists with a -10 rating on squad that struggled to put together wins.

The 24-year old skated the blue line for his college career but was switched to a forward spot when he arrived at the pro level.

It looks like he’ll be back on defense when he starts overseas.

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Dane Byers(38) Hershey Bears

Dane Byers

Hershey Bears‘ 9th year veteran Dane Byers(38) needs not worry where he’ll play next season as the team captain been invited back to continue his role in Chocolatetown.

Maybe a bit of a less than surprise move, as the 28-year old left wing signed his first minor league deal to join the much-storied AHL team last season.

The solid 6’3″ 203 lbs. forward has appeared in only 14 NHL games, 6 with New York Rangers (drafted 2nd round, 46th overall in 2004) and 8 with Columbus Blue Jackets. He was able to pot one goal.

A proven leader on and off the ice, he plays a gutsy style that never shies away from delivering a crushing hit or fisticuffs if called upon to drop the gloves. He had the most penalty minutes last season, 211 since his rookie campaign in 2006/2007.

No doubt what will be foremost on his mind will be returning the club to a postseason berth, which they missed for the first time in 8 straight years of appearances.

See related: 11/14-10, 12/25-10, 9/8-11, 9/6-12

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Nicklas Svedberg(1) & Anton Forsberg(35)

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A pair of Swedish goaltenders, Niklas Svedberg(1) and Anton Forsberg(35), called in to put out the first period 7 goal explosion in the deciding game 5 of the AHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between visiting, winning Providence Bruins and home team Springfield Falcons,exchange some home country good will in the handshake line to conclude the series.

The two starters allowed 4 and 3 goals in the opening stanza and yanked. Each back-up net minder let in the first shot they faced but that was all she wrote for the eventual winner.

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Providence Bruins: AHL Quarterfinals Game 4

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A somewhat odd Providence Bruins‘ starting lineup for possible elimination game 4, home at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center: Nick Johnson(32), captain Mike Moore(8), Alexander Fallstrom(16), Andrew Cherniwchan(39), Chris Casto(6).

They got the job done with a convincing 6-3 win sending the AHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals‘ series to a decisive game 5 with Springfield Falcons.

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Andrew Joudrey(24) Springfield Falcons

Andrew Joudrey

Springfield Falcons‘ 7th year center Andrew Joudrey(24) is coming off his most productive, third season with the team.

He recorded new career highs with 20 assists and 32 points; good enough to tie his regular season mark for helpers and second most overall total.

The not exactly huge 5’11” 185 lbs. forward, previously noted for his assistant captain, leadership qualities more than his ability to connect on the score sheet, signed his first non-NHL contract, a one-year deal for 2013/2014.

He’s only ever skated a single game with Columbus Blue Jackets in the show.

He won an NCAA Championship with University Of Wisconsin in 2006 and a pair of back-to-back 2009 and 2010 Calder Cup Titles with Hershey Bears.

The 29-year old scored the overtime, winning goal in the first game of the AHL Eastern Conference Calder Cup Quarterfinals and could very well also be on his way to new postseason personal bests.

Where he will end up next is anyone’s guess, but he could easily signed for another couple seasons to stick where he is.

See related: 9/5-11, 10/4-11

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Lukas Sedlak(28) Springfield Falcons

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Columbus Blue Jackets‘ 6th round pick in the 2011 draft (#158 overall), Czech Republic-born rookie center Lukas Sedlak(28) had himself a decent first year with minor league affiliate Springfield Falcons. He appeared in 54 AHL games scoring 8 goals and 6 assists with a -1 rating.

The 6′ 209 lbs. skater played like a power forward and got his share of dings throughout the regular season.

He’s been in a few training camps with the parent club since he was selected and grabbed in the 1st round of the CHL import draft by Chicoutimi Sangueneensto put his game on display in North America.

He already had four seasons of junior hockey in his home country and arrived somewhat late to these shores as an 18-year old.

He would turn pro after two campaigns after putting up 32 goals and 47 assists in 98 games in the QMJHL.

Signed to a three-year entry level deal through 2015/2016, he should compete for an NHL roster spot in his sophomore campaign.

A strong showing for the now 21-year old in the Calder Cup Playoffs will definitely help his chances.

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Patrick McNeill(8) Springfield Falcons

Patrick McNeill

Columbus Blue Jackets‘ 7th year defenseman Patrick McNeill(8) must be liking the first change of scenery in his pro career.

He’s reached a new high in scoring with 11 goals with minor league affiliate Springfield Falcons and second most for points, currently at 36.

Originally a Washington Capitals‘ 4th round pick in the 2005 draft (#118 overall), he spent his first 6 seasons in the team’s prospect system skating for Hershey Bears.

The 6′ 198 lbs. blue liner initially showed strong offensive instincts in four campaigns of OHL juniors with Saginaw Spirit, leading all d-men scoring 77 points in 2005/2006.

He has yet to realize his first NHL contest but has appeared in a whopping 386 AHL games, registering 44 goals and 144 assists with a combined +36 rating and a back-to-back Calder Cup Championships in 2009 and 2010.

The 27-year old is signed to a 1-year, 2-way deal through the end of 2013/2014.

A contract extension may well depend upon how he and the team perform in the upcoming postseason but he’s certainly right on track.

See related: 8/3-11, 6/19-12

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Jeremy Langlois(20) Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Jeremy Langlois

Undrafted rookie right wing Jeremy Langlois(20) signed a one-year two-way minor league contract with Springfield Falconsand started the season with the team, but had been mostly skating on reassignment with affiliate Evansville IceMen, where he put up some big numbers.

In 49 ECHL games he retains the team’s leading scorer stats with 16 goals and 36 assists, while taking a second most shots on net at 174 before a recent trade relocated him to Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

He’s obviously enjoying his time with his new squad. In 7 AHL games he’s struck for a pair of goals and assists, whereas in 5 contests on recall with his previous club he was unable to find the score sheet, while skating mostly fourth line minutes.

The 6′ 173 lbs. forward put together some good numbers in 4 years at Quinnipiac University and went to the NCAA Finals losing to the geographically nearby, eventual winners Yale.

As an 18-year old he won a Championship, leading scorer title and was named league MVP with New Jersey Hitmen of the EJHL before heading off to college.

Now 23, he was invited to attend Columbus Blue Jackets‘ training camps to begin his first pro season and from his continued solid play he looks like a shoe-in to score another tryout, quite possibly with the parent club of where he’ll finish out the year, New York Islanders.

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Dana Tyrell(14) Springfield Falcons

Dana Tyrell

5th year left wing Dana Tyrell(14) was recently involved in a mostly minor league player transaction that sent his playing rights to Columbus Blue Jackets‘ organization, where he was reassigned to their minor league affiliate Springfield Falcons.

Originally a Tampa Bay Lightning 2nd round pick in the 2007 draft (#47 overall), he signed a one-way, 2-year extension near the beginning of the final season of his entry level deal.

The not exactly big, generously listed at 5’11” 192 lbs. forward played the remainder of the campaign in the NHL but was in and out of the lineup, skating in only 26 games posting 5 assists.

He did slightly better in the first year of his new contract but seemed to slip on the club’s depth chart in the lockout shortened 2012/2013 and only played 7 big league contests this season.

At almost 25-years old, he is set to become a restricted free agent as the hockey calendar winds down, but he’s also putting up some of his best AHL totals with a career high 13 goals.

In 8 games for the Falcons he’s off to a hot start connecting 4 times with the back of the net and adding a pair of helpers on a Calder Cup Playoff bound squad.

He should be invited to return for another season on a 2-way contract.

See related: 11/26-11

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Carter Camper(11) Springfield Falcons

Carter Camper

3rd year undrafted center Carter Camper(11) was recently involved in a minor league deal that sent him from Boston Bruins‘ prospect system to Columbus Blue Jackets.

He’s skated most of his games in the AHL with affiliate Providence Bruins and has displayed a slight down tick in point production but could start to ignite in his new environment.

The very small, generously listed at 5’9″ 173 lbs. forward played in 3 NHL contests in his rookie season scoring one goal but somehow seemed to slip on the depth chart.

He was initially signed to a 2-year entry level deal and qualified for another. His contract expires at the end of 2013/2014.

The 25-year old will become an unrestricted free agent and free to sign anywhere.

He was injured at the time of the trade and just started playing again with Blue Jackets‘ farm squad Springfield Falcons.

A real bright spot in last season’s Calder Cup Playoff run, he struck for 8 goals and 5 assists in 12 games with a +6 rating before bowing out late in the second round.

He’s always been a more than a point-per-game guy through American junior hockey and four years at Miami University. He was captain in his final season at the school.

Depending upon how he produces for his new team, he could be signed to stick around pretty quickly or might decide to see if the overseas ice is any better for his game.

See related: 2/23-12

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