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Several Ams take a big leap

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      The players receiving the invites this pre-season were goaltender Alexander Perchurskiy.  selected by Pittsburgh in the 2008 NHL draft, and compiled a 2.61 goals against average in 27 regular season games with the AMS.

     Brooks Macek taken in the 6th round of this year's NHL draft by the Detroit Red Wings is participating in the NHL prospect tourney, and the team's main camp.

     Also playing in the tournament forwards Justin Feser and Jordan Messier with Columbus.  Feser racked up 73 points last season with Tri-City, while Messier collected 23 goals.

   Ams team MVP Brendan Shinnimin joins the New York Rangers.  

   Patrick Holland taken in the seventh round by Calgary join the Flames in workouts.  Holland named the Ams rookie of the year last season. 

    Defensiveman Spencer Humphries is with San Jose. 

    Shinnimin said, "Growing up playing hockey since you were a little kid you want to get that opportunity to go... To go tryout and play for a NHL team. "

    Macek added, "You got to be at your best.  You got to make an impression.  You only got a couple of years to make an impression on the organization that drafted you.  Put some trust in you there in drafting me."

     Holland said, "You know you just go into it as kind of a learning experience... Give it your all... Show them what you got.  They just want to see where you are now... And so they can compare the next year how much your improving and stuff."

     Each player hopes to make a good impression on the NHL clubs they join, while taking in some valuable pointers.

     Messier said, "Just got to take it all in.  Get to be around some of the guys that have been through this before.  Play at that level.  So I think it can definitely help my game.  Learn a lot from it."

     Shinnimin added, "Just take as much as I can... Soak it all in... Hopefully I can learn something and bring it back... And utilize it here with the Tri-City Americans."

     Most players are expected to return after the NHL prospect tournament concludes September 15th.

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