Three things Milwaukee is doing well:
1) The play of Mark Dekanich.
Off to a blazing start, goaltender Mark Dekanich is clearly the MVP of the Admirals in the early going this season. In 11 games of action, Dekanich has allowed just 16 goals, while racking up eight wins against just two losses. His statistics are staggering, headlined by a goals against average of 1.48 and a save percentage of 94.5, which are far and away the best in the AHL. The only issue between the pipes that Milwaukee has faced so far is that Dekanich can’t play every night.
2) Turning defense into offense.
Prior to season Milwaukee’s strength appeared to be its defense. Through the first 15 games this season the Admirals blueline has been stout, limiting quality scoring chances against. But the Admirals defense is also keying an impressive transition game. Jonathon Blum, Roman Josi, and Teemu Laakso represent three of the best two-way defenders in the AHL, and all three are off to great starts.
3) Balanced Scoring.
Sporting a balanced offensive attack is pivotal to success in hockey, especially at the AHL level. Teams that feature only one scoring line usually go haywire in the middle of the season when NHL teams are forced to make significant injury call ups. So far Milwaukee has found a nice balance on the score sheet, getting offensive contributions from each of its first three lines. Linus Klasen remains the focal point with eight goals and 14 points, but Milwaukee features 12 players with five points or more through the first 15 games of the season, making the Admirals a tough team to matchup against.
Three things the Admirals need to work on:
1) Improve special teams.
Through 15 games, Milwaukee stands tied for fifth overall in league points, sporting an impressive 9-3-3 record. But the special teams have lagged behind during the Admirals fast start. Milwaukee owns a decent power play, ranked 14th and clicking at a 17.6% clip. But strangely the penalty kill has lagged behind. The Admirals rank just 17th overall, successful at killing penalties 82% of the time. In order to remain among the league’s elite teams, Milwaukee must improve on its special teams play.
2) Find a solid No. 2 in net.
It seems inevitable that Mark Dekanich will get a well-deserved NHL shot, whether with Nashville or via a transaction to another team. But even if Dekanich stays in the AHL all season, Milwaukee still faces seven more occasions of three games in three nights, including two on the upcoming Texas swing. With a win in his first start this season with Milwaukee, maybe Jeremy Smith can be the solution to the Admirals backup goaltender quagmire.
3) Get Blake Geoffrion on the scoreboard.
No player in Milwaukee faces a microscope quite like Blake Geoffrion, who got off to a slow start. But Geoffrion showed signs of figuring things out prior to getting knocked out of Milwaukee’s 4-1 win against Chicago on November 7 (Geoffrion hasn’t been back in game action since). When he does comeback, getting that first goal should spark a surge in Geoffrion’s offensive game.
So Roundtable, what do you think are Milwaukee’s strengths and weaknesses in the early going?
3 thoughts on “Three Things Milwaukee is Doing Well, Three Things the Admirals Need to Work on.”
The things the admirals are doing right: 1) Like already mentioned Dekanich has been playing well, and keeping us in games, now only if he could not come so far out in shootouts and give the shooter the entire top shelf i wouldnt be so worried in shootout/breakaway attempts.
2) Coming back. What i mean is there have games this year where the team looked lost early but gathered itself and got the W, this shows that there is a sense of desire to win, although we lost the game in chicago the ads made a great attempt to try to force ot it just fell short.
3) scoring from all areas. The ads have gotten scoring from several players this year getting goals from two or three guys every game will not get you far which makes me pleased that the scoring is being spread around.
the areas of improvement
1) i cant agree more that special teams needs to find a way to show up once and awile they looked great in the two first games vs the heat but seemed to struggle a bit, and our vets like steve begin and arron johnson need to stay out of the box late in games.
2) play a full 60 min game in many games the ads seem to let things slip away from them and let teams back into games and let them get a point by forcing ot.
3) playing vs chicago whenever this team plays chicago and it doesnt seem to matter what year it is we almost always play too nervous and they have 3 of their 6 wins vs us in order to get into the playoffs we need to beat the teams we face the most.