This list is not intended to be taken as gospel. As we all know, injuries happen, players decide to go play in Russia and Wild players get concussions like Houstonians eat burritos. In fact, the signing of (Boom!) John Madden last week by the Wild makes it just about certain at this point that Casey Wellman will start the year in Houston. And that, again barring the unforeseen, is a good thing.
I think most of the following players will be here on opening night, and a few others (like Brandon Buck and J.P. Testwuide) could spend most of the season in Houston. So please read and peruse with a grain of salt, sand or those crumbs in your sofa. You know THOSE are good for you.
Anton Khudobin and Matt Hackett
Marco Scandella, Justin Falk, Tyler Cuma, Drew Bagnall, Jamie Fraser, J.P. Testwuide and Max Noreau
Casey Wellman, Cody Almond, Colton Gillies, Warren Peters, Chad Rau, Joel Broda, Petr Kalus, Jon DiSalvatore, Carson McMillan, JM Daoust, Robbie Earl, Matt Kassian, Jarod Palmer and Brandon Buck.
As you can see, there are a ton of guys that have played on the Aeros before. If I did my math correctly, 16 of the 23 players above either spent all of last year with the Aeros or most of their year with the Aeros and some time with the Wild ... 15 of the players are Canadian, and six are American. Anton and Kalus are the only guys that don't hail from North America ... the top four scorers from last years team -- Daoust, Rau, DiSalvatore and Noreau -- are all returning ... With the likely and permanent departure of Danny Irmen, Max Noreau, Petr Kalus and Anton Khudobin (all here since 2007) are now the longest tenured Houston Aeros.