While many of the players that will don a Milwaukee Admirals sweater this year are still in Nashville, there are some guys that are waiting patiently for the big caravan back north. These are the Milwaukee training camp invitees.
These are the guys that are auditioning with the coaching staff, in hopes that when the Admirals need some help, the coach will give them a call.
Last year, there were 10 guys that were on the training camp roster before Nashville returned a bunch of players. The initial list included Mike Bartlett and Dylan Hunter, who played some significant minutes for the team last year. Connor Shields was also on that list, and skated in 14 games for the good guys later in the season.
So far, this year’s list is a lot smaller. And while we wait for other players to have their airplane tickets purchased, let’s take a look at the guys who are already here.
Chris Cahill (F) – Here’s what we said about Cahill when he signed his ATO contract at the end of last season:
Chris Cahill is a forward who has spent the last four seasons playing for Yale University, and he continues the Predators’ interest in drafting hockey players with high IQ’s. As a senior, Cahill scored 15 goals and 19 assists in 35 games.
None of that has changed.
And in the interest of unreasonably raising everyone’s expectations….here are some of the comments that you posted about Cahill after his Admiral debut last year.
– Cahill was a force at both ends of the ice and played VERY impressive for a first game as a pro.
– Watching Watson and Cahill tonight was like a breath of fresh air. Maybe that had something to do with the way the team played tonight. Cahill was like a maniac out there.
– Lambert saying Cahill has good speed is the biggest understatement I’ve heard in a long time. The guy was blazingly fast out there and finished his checks hard! I’m looking forward to seeing him fulltime next season!
– I think I am in love…Cahill was everything I wanted in a hockey player–wrapped up in an Admirals’ jersey. Wow..that kid was making hits, speedy and just all around had me thanking the hockey gods that placed him here.
No pressure, right?
David Leaderer (D) – He had the distinction of playing with Paul Fenton’s son at UMass-Amherst. Suited up for three games for the Admirals at the end of last season (to much less fanfare than Cahill apparently). He is a 5’11 D-man that was a -22 defensively with the Trenton Devils of the ECHL last year.
Garrett Suter (D) – Younger brother of Ryan Suter. Interesting story here about how he never quite became a Badger. A quote from a coach in the story is: “When he’s disciplined and plays within himself and not force things, Garrett is the best (Division III) player in the country and he still has room to grow.” That’s great. But it also suggests that a good chunk of the time, he isn’t disciplined, doesn’t play within himself, and tries to force things. This may be an interesting project for Kirk Muller, and does have the potential for some high reward. Suter played 16 regular season games and 4 playoff games for Cincy at the end of last season, tallying 2 goals, 7 assists, and 38 penalty minutes.
Evan Trupp (F) – a 5’10 forward who spent the last four years playing for the University of North Dakota. Here’s a youtube clip of some fancy stickwork from Mr. Trupp. He set career highs in goals, assists, powerplay goals and +/- his senior year, and after October, didn’t go consecutive games without a point. Trupp was the winner of UND’s Cliff “Fido” Purpur Award his junior and senior seasons for “hard work, determination and being a creator of excitement on the ice.”
So keep an eye out for these guys if you make it to a practice next week, or if you’ll be at one of the pre-season games next weekend.
(That’s right….it’ll be hockey night in Milwaukee a week from tomorrow. Huzzah!)