Joel Henry Released by Swarm; Crawford Stepping Up Big

Yesterday the Minnesota Swarm released Joel Henry from their practice roster, leaving just two practice squad players left; Mike O’Brien and Ryan Masters. Minnesota is not allowed to add anymore players to the practice roster, but they can call those two to their active roster at any time.

Henry played in eight games this season form Minnesota and had five goals and three assists for eight points. The forward also had six penalty minutes and 18 loose balls. With Henry gone, it looks like Pat Smith and Josh Gillam will remain on the active roster as forwards for the rest of the season.

Meanwhile in Minnesota, Callum Crawford has stepped up big after captain Andrew Suitor was injured. He took over as the captain after Suitor tore his ACL on February 22nd against Edmonton. In that time, Crawford has 27 points, including a ten point performance against Calgary and eight points last week against Washington.

Crawford had been a 70 point plus producer since 2010, and he has 54 points through 11 games this season. With five games left, the new captain seems to be a lock to reach that mark again. He is 5th in the league with 37 assists and 8th in the league in points. Crawford has been a top player for the Swarm for a while, but as he becomes the team’s all time assists leader, he couldn’t have picked a better time to step it up.

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