Linglet Close To Making Rivermen Roster

By Dave Eminian
Of The Journal Star

PEORIA, ILL. – There seems to be no end in sight for Charles Linglet’s run at a roster spot with the Peoria Rivermen, even as the American Hockey League club’s first preseason comes to a close Friday.

Linglet, a free agent right wing who played for ECHL Alaska last season before being traded to Las Vegas, is the biggest camp surprise so far.

The Rivermen invited him as a free agent, and he’s responded with a goal and four assists in three games. He’s played with some established AHL forwards and came away looking as though he belonged.

The 6-foot-2, 212-pounder from Montreal piled up 52 goals and 71 assists in 72 games for Baie-Comeau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2001-02, finishing fifth in points in a league renowned for its offense.

He drew a seven-game look from Utah in the AHL two years ago, but spent most of the last two seasons in the ECHL with Alaska.

“Linglet is pressing for a job,” Rivermen head coach Steve Pleau said. “He’s got some offensive skill and talent that doesn’t come easy. He needs to adjust to the AHL tempo, make his plays quicker. The defensive side of his game needs to get better. But his offense is special.”

The Rivermen have not truly been at an AHL pace in preseason play – two of their games featured lineups in which both teams were stocked with 8-10 players destined for assignment to lower levels.

Peoria plans to dress most of its primary lineup for Friday’s game against Iowa, which means a critical test for Linglet.

“A young guy like Linglet, he’s shown some things in this camp,” Rivermen GM of hockey operations Kevin McDonald said. “We don’t know how many guys we’ll be missing (due to NHL call-ups), but he has a real chance to stay here.”