The Alaska Aces are announcing their business early today – they’ve made a trade with ECHL Trenton to acquire the rights to third-year defenseman Corey Syvret and also signed rookie forward Jarred Smith fresh out of college.
The Aces gave up “future considerations’’ to get Syvret, 23, a former sixth-round draft pick of the Florida Panthers who spent most of last season with Trenton (worst team in the league, 20 games below .500). He earned 4-6—10 and -19 totals for the Titans last season, when he also played three games with Portland of the AHL. He’s a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder.
Alaska also signed Smith, 24, after his four-year career at Brown.
Smith, a 6-0, 195-pounder, last season put up 4-2—6 totals in 32 games for the ECAC club. In 125 career games, he earned 15-15—30 totals.
That addition of Smith bring to 16 the number of players the Aces and coach Rob Murray have announced for the 2012-13 season. Judging from the Aces’ press release, Syvret is not yet under contract.
The breakdown: nine forwards, four defensemen and three goaltenders.
This latest announcement continues to show a club in transition – six of those 16 players (and seven of 17 when and if Syvret signs) have no previous experience with the club.
The Aces open training camp on Friday, Sept. 28.
Looks for more in Thursday’s dead-trees edition of the ADN.