Fresno Monsters head coach Kevin Kaminski announced the addition of 11 athletes that will make up the 2018-19 incoming class this fall. The following includes six forwards, four defensemen and a goaltender, three of whom are returning players.
Let's meet the newest Monsters -
Gustaf Wränghede – He posted 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) and a plus-6 rating in 32 games with Huddinge IK in J20 Elit during last season. "The gritty forward will add experience and should make an immediate impact" said Scandinavian Hockey Consulting. With 132 career games in the Swedish Junior Hockey system, Wränghede recorded 63 points (23 goals, 40 assists), 79 penalty minutes and a plus-24 rating. The five-foot-seven, 170-pound forward is a native of Stockholm, Sweden.
Gabe Cognac - Current Cognac holds a GAA of 3.10 and a SVS% of .853 in 10 games with Orange County HC in 18U AA. "We look for Gabe to have a great attitude and work ethic in order to challenge for the top spot" said Monsters Head Coach Kevin Kaminksi. Before Orange County HC, Cognac had played for the Torrance Destroyers in the LA Kings High School Hockey League where he had a GAA of 4.01 and a SVS% of .874. The six-foot-one, 190-pound goalie is a native of Torrance, California.
Stanislav Danayev – At 19 years old, Stanislav has posted 43 points (18 goals, 25 assists) in 10 games with Fenix PMGMU Moskva in MSHL3. "Stanislav is a strong powerful skater who has great vision making his offensive instincts on another level" said Monsters Head Coach Kevin Kaminksi. Danayev last played for the Aviatory MAI Moskva during the 2017-18' season and help the team move on to win the the MSHL1 Championship. The five-foot-eleven, 176-pound forward is a native of Moscow, Russia.
Dustin Truex - Truex last posted 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) in 28 games with the Idaho IceCats in the WSHL during the 2017-18' season. "Truex is the very definition of committed..." said Monsters Head Coach Kevin Kaminski. "He posses a relentless work ethic and brings a very physical presence to the game which is going to fit in nicely with our systems." Truex also played in the NA3HL with a total of 41 career games. While there he recorded 17 points (9 goals, 8 assists), 24 penalty minutes, and a plus-16 rating. The five-foot-eight, 165-pound forward is a native of Boise, Idaho.
Tristan Baker – At age 16, Baker posted 1 point (0 goals, 1 assists) in 14 games with the Fresno Monsters in the WSHL. "T-Bone got his feet wet last year, and even though he's small in stature he plays with a big heart along with a great work ethic" said Monsters Head Coach Kevin Kaminski. This will be Baker's second year playing in the WSHL and for the Fresno Monsters. Tristan's cousin, Kyle Baker, had previously played for the Monsters before moving onto Worcester State University. The five-foot-seven, 135-pound forward is a native of Fresno, California.
Jonathan Holguin – He posted 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists) in 40 games with Hartford Jr. Wolfpack in USPHL Elite. "He has a few years of junior hockey under his belt now so we're looking for him to step up, have a good year, and become a 200 foot player" said Monsters Head Coach Kevin Kaminski. Before Hartford, Holguin had played for the Fresno Monsters in the WSHL. In 45 games played, he had amassed 2 goals and 6 assists. The six-foot-one, 170-pound forward is a native of Fresno, California.