It’s a tough loss for both the Sabres and Amerks, who had placed Tropp on a line with two other prized youngsters — Cody Hodgson and Luke Adam — to kick off the AHL campaign.
Tropp responded by scoring two goals in the opening 15 minutes before Crunch defenseman Radko Gudas caught him with a hit along the wall, injuring the knee.
A third-round pick (87th overall) at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Tropp made his NHL debut with the Sabres last season by appearing in 34 contests while posting 3G-5A-8PTS, garnering a fair bit of attention after this scrap with Philly’s Zac Rinaldo:
The cruel twist is Tropp was only in the AHL because of the lockout. He was expected to be a full-time NHLer this season, playing in the Sabres’ bottom-six.
So, let’s assume that the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets will eventually play in the 2016 Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field on Sunday.
Every indication is that Cam Talbot and Connor Hellebuyck shall get the nods for their respective teams. Most assume, with the firepower on hand, that this could be a high-scoring game.
Hellebuyck isn’t flustered about all the goals the Jets have allowed so far, as he told NHL.com.
“It’s not something you’re really worried about,” Hellebuyck said. “It’s early in the year, it happens to a lot of teams. If you look at the trends in the past 10 years, there’s always a lot of goals being scored at the beginning of the year.”
The Winnipeg Jets host the Edmonton Oilers at the 2016 Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field this afternoon. You can watch it on NHL Network, Sportsnet, TVA Sports 2 or NHL.tv at 3 p.m. ET.
With that in mind, let’s get prepped with super-important stats about unhealthy food, interesting photos and fun facts.
Want to get an in-depth look at the rivalry between the Jets and the Oilers? NHL.com and Sportsnet both have some great retrospectives.
The CBC notes that there was rain ending in the morning but it’s expected to be cloudy. Overall, sounds like a nice climate for an outdoor hockey game. NHL.com’s Nick Cotsonika wonders if the sun’s glare might cause some issues.