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Idaho Steelheads players to watch

The Steelheads open their 20th season of minor-league hockey in Downtown Boise on Friday and Saturday nights at CenturyLink Arena.
The Steelheads open their 20th season of minor-league hockey in Downtown Boise on Friday and Saturday nights at CenturyLink Arena. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

JEFFERSON DAHL

The third-year pro scored 22 goals last year, tied for the team lead. He was named an alternate captain, but a hand injury kept him sidelined for the playoffs. Dahl is a quick, scrappy forward who can play in all situations. Despite his small size, he does most of his scoring damage from in close, where he has a knack for creating space and winning battles for loose pucks around the net.

▪ Coach Neil Graham: “He’s a worker. He’s a leader on the team, a consistent guy you can rely on to bring the same energy every single night.”

ANTHONY LUCIANI

Luciani has one of the most impressive resumes on the roster, with more than 230 games of professional experience. At the ECHL level, he has scored 20 or more goals on three occasions, most recently in 2014-15. Graham is counting on Luciani to provide a jolt on offense.

▪ Coach Neil Graham: “He’s a very dynamic player with a great shot and blow-away speed. He plays with some bite, and he’s at his best when he plays on the edge.”

ROB LINSMAYER

Linsmayer has played parts of four previous seasons with the Steelheads, but he enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2015-16. His 57 points (21 goals, 36 assists) led the team, and his 70 games played eclipsed the total of his first three seasons in Boise combined. Linsmayer doesn’t overwhelm opponents with size or speed, but he’s strong with the puck, has good vision and is one of the team’s best playmakers.

▪ Coach Neil Graham: “He earns his ice time — and his points — through hard work. And he’s a guy you can rely on in all situations, at both ends of the ice.”

KELLAN LAIN

Lain brings a unique combination of size (6-foot-6) and NHL experience to the Steelheads. This is his first time playing in the ECHL — he has spent most of the past four years in the AHL, and he played nine games for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks during the 2013-14 season, registering a goal and 21 penalty minutes.

▪ Coach Neil Graham: “He brings a nice mix of skill, size and speed. He’s very good in the faceoff circle, brings a great net-front presence and has very good hockey awareness.”

CORBIN BALDWIN

Baldwin was one of Idaho’s top performers last season, appearing in all 72 games and finishing among the ECHL leaders in plus-minus rating at plus-28. At 6-foot-5, Baldwin’s size, strength, reach, outstanding positional play and high hockey IQ make him a top-pairing, shutdown defender for Idaho. He was injured during Game 1 of the playoffs last year, dealing the Steelheads a crushing blow.

▪ Coach Neil Graham: “He does all the little things right. He’s a leader by example on the back end, and he’s very effective playing against other team’s best lines.”

CHARLIE DODERO

Dodero is back in Boise after a one-year hiatus. He played 77 games with the Steelheads during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 campaigns. Dodero was a fan favorite, known for his high-speed body checks and willingness to mix it up. He also has A+ skating ability — former Steelheads coach Brad Ralph was known to use him as one of his three shooters in tiebreaking shootouts.

▪ Coach Neil Graham: “He’s a guy who wants to play against other teams’ best players. He’s an excellent skater, and he brings some physicality and grit to go along with it.”

Idaho Steelheads roster

No.

Name

Pos.

Age

Hometown

Previous Team (league)

6

Joe Faust

D

24

Bloomington, Minn.

Adirondack (ECHL)/Albany (AHL)

10

David Glen

F

25

Ft. Saskatchewan, Alberta

Penn State (NCAA)

11

Anthony Luciani

F

26

Maple, Ontario

Asiago (Italy)

13

Travis Ewanyk

F

23

St. Albert, Alberta

Binghamton (AHL)

17

Joe Basaraba

F

24

Fort Frances, Ontario

Idaho (ECHL)

19

Kellan Lain

F

27

Oakville, Ontario

Iowa/Utica (AHL)

21

Jefferson Dahl

F

27

Eau Claire, Wis.

Idaho (ECHL)

23

Corbin Baldwin

D

25

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Idaho (ECHL)

24

Zach Bell

D

23

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Idaho (ECHL)

25

Travis Walsh

D

23

Haslett, Mich.

Michigan State (NCAA)

26

Rob Linsmayer

F

26

Winnetka, Ill.

Idaho (ECHL)

27

Brandon Anselmini

D

23

Guelph, Ontario

Orlando (ECHL)

28

Will Merchant

F

22

Eagan, Minn.

Maine (NCAA)

37

Brian Nugent

F

28

Victoria, B.C.

Tulsa (ECHL)

40

Caleb Herbert

F

25

Bloomington, Minn.

South Carolina (ECHL)/Hershey (AHL)

44

Kyle Bigos

D

27

Upland, Calif.

Edinburgh (EIHL)

47

Connor Chatham

F

20

Belleville, Ill.

Flint/Windsor (OHL)

71

Kyle Jean

F

26

Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Idaho (ECHL)

91

Charlie Dodero

D

24

Bloomingdale, Ill.

Greenville (ECHL)/Syracuse (AHL)

Goaltenders

1

Branden Komm

G

25

Williamsville, N.Y.

Idaho (ECHL)

30

Henri Kiviaho

G

22

Lappeenranta, Finland

LeKi (Finland)

35

Landon Bow

G

21

St. Albert, Alberta

Seattle (WHL)

Home-opening weekend

  • What: Utah (2-0) at Idaho (0-2)
  • When: 7:10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
  • Where: CenturyLink Arena
  • Radio/TV: KTIK 1350 AM/Cable One channel 72
  • Tickets: Available at the CenturyLink Arena box office, by calling 208-331-8497 or visiting idahosteelheads.com
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