Down On The Farm, Apr. 2
The Pirates didn’t play yesterday. They’re still leading the Atlantic Division.
They’ve got a three point lead on the Monarchs, which is a good thing. They’ve still got two games in hand on the Monarchs, which is better.
A regulation win over Manchester not only gives Portland a five point cushion on the division, but it also puts them within one point of the division title.
The day after I wrote a post detailing the usefulness of reinforcements for Portland via ATOs, the Sabres went and signed prospect Corey Fienhage and Jeff Dimmen (formerly of U. of Maine) to bolster the defense and Kyle Ostrow (formerly of U. of Denver) to assist at forward.
I asked Sabres prospect guru Kris Baker (@SabresProspects) what he thought Mark Pysyk’s chances might be to get signed to an ATO this spring and he responded:
With both Fienhage and Dimmen already signed to ATOs and Brayden McNabb on the way when he’s available, I’d say Kris hit the nail on the head with this one. By extension, I’d say Kevin Sundher and Jerome Gauthier-Leduc (the former still engaged in the WHL’s Chynoweth Cup playoffs, the latter newly available following his team’s elimination) don’t have much of a chance either.
My guess is one of Fienhage or Dimmen will be released once McNabb is available and that Ostrow will be released once Zack Kassian or Marcus Foligno is available.