Checkers assign Agosta to Florida, Jared Staal released

The Charlotte Checkers reduced it’s training camp roster by 2 players today, as they assigned defenseman Justin Agosta to its ECHL affiliate, the Florida Everblades, and releasing forward Jared Staal.

These moves reduced the training camp roster to 25 players, ahead of this upcoming Saturday’s season opener for Charlotte on the road in Iowa.

Agosta, 24, enters his first professional season after playing four years with the University of New Hampshire(2011-14) and Quinipiac University(2014-15). The East Meadow, New York native totaled 67 points(12g, 55a) in 155 collegiate games before inking a two-way deal with the Checkers this past July.

Jared Staal, the younger brother of Carolina Hurricanes forwards Eric and Jordan Staal, as well as New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, has spent the past majority of his five seasons with the Checkers, scoring 17 goals and earning 16 assists(33 points), and 95 penalty minutes in 215 games with Charlotte. A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Staal(6’4″, 200 lbs.) rejoined the Checkers on a tryout agreement last week.

Since camp began last week for the Checkers, the team has added forwards Brock McGinn and Derek Ryan, and defensemen Brett Pesce and Jaccob Slavin from its NHL parent club, the Carolina Hurricanes. They have previously assigned forward Matt Willows and goaltenders Daniel Altshuller and Anthony Peters to the Everblades.