Heat send three to ECHL

The Abbotsford Heat trimmed their roster on Thursday, sending a trio of players to the ECHL.
Bryan Cameron is hopping on a ferry to join the Victoria Salmon Kings, while Josh Meyers and Ryley Grantham are the newest members of the Utah Grizzlies.

Bryan Cameron

Bryan Cameron

The Abbotsford Heat trimmed their roster on Thursday, sending a trio of players to the ECHL. Bryan Cameron is hopping on a ferry to join the Victoria Salmon Kings, while Josh Meyers and Ryley Grantham are the newest members of the Utah Grizzlies.Cameron, the top goal-scorer in all of Canadian junior hockey last season, was toiling on the Heat’s fourth line prior to his re-assignment. Head coach Jim Playfair said the rookie winger needs to be in a scoring role in order to be an effective AHL player, and he’ll have the opportunity to earn top-six minutes with the Salmon Kings.”I didn’t have him in the proper position to develop his greatest strength, but the way our team is structured and the way it’s set up, that’s the position he was put into,” Playfair said. “I think this’ll be a good experience for him, to go down there and get his offensive confidence back.”Meyers’ demotion is a direct result of fellow blueliner John Negrin’s return to fitness after knee surgery. “In order for him to get to where he wants to be as a pro, he’s got to play more,” Playfair said of Meyers. “We know that to get deep into the playoffs, you need eight defencemen, maybe nine. He’ll get some good quality minutes down there, he’ll play a lot, and he’ll be ready to come back.”In terms of healthy players, the moves leave the Heat with 13 forwards, seven defencemen and two goalies. KOTALIK’S QUICK TRIPIn one of the oddities of the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, Ales Kotalik is flying from Abbotsford to Calgary and back again over a 24-hour span.The Calgary Flames placed Kotalik on re-entry waivers on Wednesday, a move which would have allowed another NHL club to pick him up, with the Flames continuing to pay half his salary.Kotalik cleared re-entry waivers on Thursday morning, meaning he had to catch a flight to Calgary in the afternoon before the Flames officially re-assign him to Abbotsford on Friday. Playfair said that Kotalik will be back in time for the morning skate prior to Friday’s date between the Heat and Providence Bruins (7 p.m., Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre).