John Curry, who played for both Las Vegas and Wheeling in 2007-08, and former ECHL defenseman Bryan Rodney are both included in the May 20 edition of “The Hot List,” a weekly roundup of minor league, junior, college and high school players that The Hockey News is excited to one day see in the National Hockey League.
The 24-year-old Rodney, who agreed to terms on a contract with the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League on May 12, had 10 points (5g-5a) and two penalty minutes in six games with Elmira in 2007-08 after beginning the season in Columbia where he had 11 points (2g-9a) and 10 penalty minutes in 17 games.
Rodney was selected to the 2008 ECHL All-Star Game, but was unable to play after being called up to the American Hockey League where he had 15 points (4g-11a) and 22 penalty minutes in 42 regular season games with Albany and led the River Rats in the postseason with three goals and six points in seven games.
He has played in the ECHL each of his first three seasons and has 78 points (15g-63a) and 85 penalty minutes in 127 regular season games with Charlotte, Columbia and Elmira and one assist in three Kelly Cup Playoff games with Charlotte.
Curry, who was named to the 2007-08 American Hockey League All-Rookie Team, attended training camp with Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL before being assigned to Las Vegas where he was 4-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.81 and a save percentage of .905 in six games before heading to Hanover, Germany for the Deutschland Cup where he helped the United States capture the silver medal.
He was reassigned to Wheeling upon his return from Germany and after making one start for the Nailers was reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton by Pittsburgh. He is 10-4 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 2.49 and a save percentage of .906 in 14 playoff games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after going 24-12-3 with three shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.23 and a save percentage of .915 in 40 regular season games.