Maine Hockey Journal

Reul and Gratchev AHL bound

Lewiston, ME– The season continues for a few Maineiacs players. Denis Reul, Maineiacs second year defenseman, will be joining the Providence Bruins of the AHL. Maxime Gratchev, a 20 year old forward who was acquired by the Maineiacs during training camp will head to the New York Islanders AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Reul, 19, was the Boston Bruins’ fifth round draft pick in 2007, was signed to an amateur try-out contract Friday morning. This season he had 4 goals and 14 assists this season in 60 games. He recorded no points in the four playoff games. He was also a member of Germany’s World Junior Championship team where he appeared in six games.

His career with the Maineiacs appears to be over as he will be a 20 year old European next season. Generally teams don’t carry 20 year old Europeans and Don MacAdam hinted he won’t be back after Wednesday’s game. In 127 games in two seasons, he had seven goals and 25 assists.

Maxime Gratchev was Lewiston’s offensive catalysis this season. He hit the 30 goal plateau right on the nose and added 31 helpers in 64 games. In the playoffs, he had two goals and an assist. The Islanders had the option of sending him to Bridgeport to begin the season because he was consider an overager in the QMJHL.

Gratchev was a fourth round selection of the Islanders back in the 2007 draft.

Danick Paquette looks to be on his way to Chicago to join the Wolves. Nothing has been made official and he was at the Maineiacs’ autograph session last night. He was Atlanta’s third round selection in the 2008 Draft. He had 25 goals, 25 assists, and 230 penalty minutes this season. The 18-year-old also had three points in the playoffs as he had a goal and two assists. In the four games played, he had 25 penalty minutes. Most of those minutes came from the end of game three.

Peter Delmas was also not with the rest of his teammates to sign autographs. He could be heading to Colorado to train with the Avalanche staff. The Avalanche’s second round selection in the 2008 draft had a record of 9-25-1, a 4.11 goals-against-average, and a .867 save percentage.

Reul and Gratchev weren’t present last night at the team’s function.

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