First of the ATOs

The Major Junior seasons ended this past weekend, and the first two prospects to join the Whale are in the fold.

Winger Andrew Yogan and defenseman Peter Ceresnak, both late of the Ontario Hockey League’s Peterborough Petes, were on the ice with the Whale for practice this morning, after signing Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreements.

It wasn’t a great season for the Petes, coached by former New York Rangers assistant coach Mike Pelino, as they finished second-to-last in the

Andrew Yogan

OHL’s Eastern Conference and eight points out of a playoff spot.  Yogan had a strong year, though, and a real good finish.  The 20-year-old

Florida native, who has exhausted his Junior eligibility, was OHL Player of the Week for the last week of the season, and went out with a bang.  In the Petes’ season finale Sunday at Oshawa, Yogan had his first career OHL four-goal game, and added an assist for five points, while going +4, in a wild, 8-6 win over the Generals.  He finished the season on an eight-game point streak, during which he had 12-8-20, to get to 41 goals and 37 assists for 78 points on the year in 66 games.

The Whale are fairly deep on the blueline, even without the recalled Tim Erixon, so it might be tough for Ceresnak to get into the lineup.  There were only 11 healthy forwards on the roster as of last game, however, making for a good opportunity for Yogan, as Blake Parlett has had to play quite a bit up front since coming back from Greenville in order to give the Whale four full lines.  The way they had the line combos set up in practice today certainly made it seem as though Yogan could be given a chance in a fairly prominent role.

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