Hartford Wolf Pack Season Preview: A Look at Veterans, Prospects, and the Impact of Ty Emberson loss

New York Rangers AHL farm team Hartford Wolf Pack logo (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
New York Rangers AHL farm team Hartford Wolf Pack logo (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /

The Hartford Wolf Pack are howling with excitement as they gear up for a new season. Join us for an inside look at the Rangers prospects.

The Hartford Wolf Pack are gearing up for another season of thrilling AHL hockey, and their training camp is in full swing. The team’s roster is an exciting mix, featuring players transitioning from the New York Rangers’ camp and others seizing their chances through Professional Tryouts (PTOs).

Last year, captain Jonny Brodzinski led the charge for Hartford. This season, he’s making a strong case to join the Rangers as their 13th forward.

However, the Wolf Pack aren’t leaving things to chance, especially with acquiring Alex Belzile from the Laval Rocket(Montreal Canadiens affiliate) in Free agency. Belzile, an AHL veteran, brings leadership and offensive skills. If Brodzinski moves up, they’ve got a valuable backup plan.

Examining Hartford’s Leadership, Young Prospects, and the Defense Shakeup:

Leadership is a crucial ingredient in the Wolf Pack’s recipe for success. With seasoned veterans like Riley Nash, who was also a free agent signing, they have a balanced team ready to contend for the Calder Cup. These vets will help guide the young prospects as they embrace the spotlight.

Speaking of skating into the spotlight, the Wolf Pack had an impressive playoff run to the Eastern Conference semifinals last year.
Now, they’re hungry for more success. Players like Adam Sykora, Matt Rempe, and Matthew Robertson are on the radar and looking to make a name for themselves.

However, there’s a slight issue. Ty Emberson, the defenseman who lit up the Wolf Pack’s blue line with Zac Jones, has traded his Wolf Pack jersey for one with a San Jose Shark on it.
While his absence on the right side will be felt, it opens up new opportunities for defensive prospects.

As for Emberson, he will sink his teeth into a new adventure with San Jose after they claimed him off waivers. He’ll renew  acquaints  with Ryan Carpenter, dating back to their days with the Wolf Pack last season.

At the moment, it’s unclear who Emberson’s replacement will be. Whether Hartford make some changes or stick with the status quo will become more apparent as their training camp progresses.