Janne Kuokkanen joins the list of those interested in a loan abroad
Last week, the NJ Devils announced that another player would join the growing list of prospects traveling overseas to win additional Ice Age. However, it remains to be seen whether or when the official start of the 2020-21 AHL season will actually take place on December 4th is the target date.
Meanwhile, New Jersey has been busy keeping prospects active while uncertainty remains a focal point for potential convocations. Janne Kuokkanen will join Oulun Karpat Oy from Liiga. The 22-year-old forward played 4 games for the Binghamton Devils and scored 3 goals and 3 assists following his trade Fredrik Claesson and a conditional election of the fourth round 2020 in exchange for Sami Vatanen in February 2020.
Kuokkanen joins Egor Sharangovich, Marion Studenic, Nick Merkley, and Fabian Zetterlund like the ones currently on loan. Perhaps there is more to be announced than Gilles Senn, Jeremy Groleau and, Mikhail Malzew comes to mind when moving forward. In any case, it is a positive sign that the parent club is showing interest in the future with recent activities. For Dinamo Minsk from the KHL, Sharangovich has scored one goal and one assist in six games so far, while the seasons of the other four participants will start sometime in October.
During this pandemic break in activity for the BDevils, things will stay active at the top as GM Tom Fitzgerald continues to focus on the outlook in Binghamton and the future of the organization. I would much rather see such progress in activities on the ice during the delay, no matter what location that may be. The more emphasis is placed on it, the better it is for the players who develop within the Devils’ Organization.
However, there is one uncertainty that should be discussed at some point.
The reality is that the upcoming season may be canceled due to the absence of attendees due to COVID-19. The AHL business side survives when fans are in the stands and relying on nothing else as TV revenue is not an option.
Let’s hope for ice hockey in the AHL for the 2020-21 season.