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Marlies unveil opening night roster with no Rasmus Sandin in sight

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Ahead of tonight’s game, we have the 25-man roster they will begin with.

But where is Rasmus Sandin?
Patrik Bexell

Rasmus Sandin was sent to the Marlies training camp a few days before the end of the NHL preseason. He played in one exhibition game, left with a sprained thumb, and hasn’t been discussed since.

Today the Marlies announced their opening day roster ahead of tonight’s first game on the road in Utica, and Sandin isn’t there. AHL teams have no real roster limits and can add players and remove them easily, so this doesn’t necessarily mean Sandin will be going either to Sweden or, less likely, back to the OHL.

There are also some players on PTOs not listed, namely Justin Peters and Ryan Sproul. Hudson Elynuik is still injured, but will likely be cut to the Growlers when ready to play.

The Marlies roster to start the season has 16 forwards, seven defenders and two goalies. Remember those heady days of summer when we all thought there were too many goalies and defencemen? Well, no more:

2018 Marlies opening day roster

Number Name Position Shoots Height Weight Birthdate Birthplace
Number Name Position Shoots Height Weight Birthdate Birthplace
9 Moore, Trevor LW L 5-10 182 1995-03-31 Thousand Oaks, CA
10 Grundstrom, Carl LW L 6-0 201 1997-12-01 Umea, Sweden
13 Clark, Emerson LW L 5-9 182 1992-12-17 Whitby, ON
14 Brooks, Adam C L 5-10 181 1996-05-06 Winnipeg, MB
15 Cracknell, Adam C R 6-3 209 1985-07-15 Prince Albert, SK
16 Molino, Griffen LW R 6-0 185 1994-01-21 Trenton, MI
17 Clune, Richard LW L 5-11 211 1987-04-25 Toronto, ON
19 Mueller, Chris C R 5-10 196 1986-03-06 West Seneca, NY
20 Marchment, Mason LW L 6-4 204 1995-06-18 Uxbridge, ON
27 Bracco, Jeremy RW R 5-11 171 1997-03-17 Freeport, NY
32 Piccinich, J.J. RW R 6'0 190 1996-06-12 Paramus, NJ
36 Jooris, Josh RW R 6-1 198 1990-07-14 Burlington, ON
38 Greening, Colin C L 6-2 210 1986-03-09 St. John's, NL
41 Timashov, Dmytro LW L 5-10 192 1996-10-01 Kirovograd, Ukraine
47 Engvall, Pierre LW L 6-5 214 1996-05-31 Ljungby, Sweden
89 Gagner, Sam C R 5-11 200 1989-08-10 London, Ontario
5 LoVerde, Vincent D R 5-11 207 1989-04-14 Chicago, IL
6 Nielsen, Andrew D L 6-4 228 1996-11-13 Red Deer, AB
7 Liljegren, Timothy D R 6-0 193 1999-04-30 Kristianstad, Sweden
11 Subban, Jordan D R 5-9 182 1995-03-03 Rexdale, ON
25 Jardine, Sam D L 6-2 209 1993-08-12 Lacombe, AB
48 Rosen, Calle D L 6-1 195 1994-02-02 Vaxjo, Sweden
55 Borgman, Andreas D L 6-0 183 1995-06-18 Stockholm, Sweden
30 Kaskisuo, Kasimir G L 6-2 204 1993-10-02 Vantaa, Finland
31 Glass, Jeff G L 6-3 213 1985-11-19 Calgary, AB

With new players Sam Gagner, on loan from Vancouver, and Jeff Glass, signed yesterday, fleshing out the roster, this is who we should expect to see play most nights.

J.J. Piccinich made the roster after doing well in the ECHL last year. Griffen Molino, a new AHL signing is also on board. It’s hard not to imagine that Martins Dzierkals would have made this team, but he wanted a guarantee of no ECHL time, so he’s in the KHL, and Emerson Clark is getting a shot as a depth player.

This is both and older team and a bigger team than last year’s champions. There’s a lot of offence that’s gone, and it’s reminiscent of the roster that played the year after William Nylander and Mark Arcobello led the team deep in the playoffs. Kerby Rychel led that team in points, and someone new will be the star of this team.

The Marlies face off against the Utica Comets, former home of Molino and Jordan Subban, tonight at 7 p.m. The Marlies Monday home opener features the Calder Cup banner raising.