Here’s the first list of players that have been invited to the Admirals training camp that will open next week. Do any of them have a chance to make the opening night roster? Absolutely. Wacey Rabbit was on this list last year, and ended up playing in 76 regular season games. But most of them will return to the ECHL team that they are already signed with for this year.
It’ll look like more of a full roster when Nashville makes their first set of cuts, which are expected this weekend.
But here is some info on the new guys. I encourage you to make up some bad-ass nicknames for them.
RJ Anderson (D) — 2004 draft pick of the Flyers, Anderson was a Golden Gopher for four years, he played under Ian Herbers when he was the coach in Johnstown. Some decent offense from Anderson last year, as he had 43 points in 65 games. He is signed to play with Elmira this year.
Julien Brouillette (D) — Spent two full seasons in the ECHL before splitting time between the E and the A last season. Played 24 games with Hartford and Providence. Signed to play with Greenville this year.
Wes Cunningham (LW) — 5th leading scorer for the Elmira Jackals in the ECHL last year. Signed to play with Greenville this year.
Kevin DeVergilio (C) — Spent 4 years at St. Lawrence University, and split last season between Idaho of the ECHL and the Texas Stars. With Idaho, he had 18 goals and 20 assists in 48 games.
Chad Painchaud (RW) — Former Atlanta Thrashers 2004 draft pick, he has bounced around a lot between the E and the A over the last few years, playing for Gwinnett, Chicago, Bakersfield, Iowa, Victoria, and Manitoba. When in the E, he has put up some nice offensive numbers, including 30g/38a last season.
Brett Robinson (F) — Was part of the championship Cincinnati Cyclones team last year, and had the second most goals for the squad in the playoffs. Signed to play in Cincy again.
Jean-Claude Sawyer (D) — Former Minnesota Wild draft pick in 2004, he played in Toledo last season, and put up a stat line of 23g/38a. Signed to play in Cincy this year, so if he makes a good impression, we may see him again later.
Connor Shields (F) — Another smart guy….played for Dartmouth. 5 games in the AHL last year, 70 with Johnstown in the ECHL, and scored 28g/34a.
In addition, a couple of guys that signed PTO’s during the season last year will be in camp. Dylan Hunter and Mike Bartlett are signed to 2-way contracts already.
You’ll notice no goaltenders on the list. So until further notice, Wojo and Aaron Sims will be tending goal. Nah, we’re likely to get a couple of goalies when Nashville makes their cuts this weekend.
Question is — which ones will they be? Dekanich, Pickard, Lindback, or Jeremy Smith? What do you think?