Appert On Amerks Roster This Year: ‘Talent is Not Going To Be An Issue’
ROCHESTER, NY (WHEC) – Almost five months after being swept by the Rocket the Calder Cup Playoffs, the Amerks now look ahead to the 2022-23 season.
On Monday, the players reported for physicals and medical testing. The next day began the first of four consecutive practice days.
“All of the talent is not going to be an issue for us,” 3rd year Head Coach Seth Appert said. “We have plenty of talent. We’re really young.”
Rochester, which comes off a season that saw it reach the North Division Finals for the first time in 18 years, plays the first of two preseason games on Friday at the Crunch. They’ll host the Comets a day later followed by a few days off before officially beginning the season. As they do so, they’ll be without two key pieces to last year’s run.
Forwards JJ Peterka and Jack Quinn, who led the team with 68 and 61 points respectively, are expected to be with the Sabres this season after the two impressed with Rochester right from the start of last year.
“It’s obviously tough when you don’t have some of the familiar faces that you had last year,” Forward Michael Mersch said. “There’s some unfinished business but there’s no point in looking too far ahead. We just have to focus on the first game.”
“We’re going to have five or six rookie forwards, four of which will be 18 or 19 years old. We’re really excited about the group we have. We know as a coaching staff we have a lot of work to do because we are young.”
Appert and his youthful squad open the regular season on Friday, October 14th at home against the Marlies.