Though this news likely won’t come as a shock, Admirals defensemen Ryan Ellis will not be attending the 2012 American Hockey League All Star Classic Sunday and Monday due to his recall with Nashville.
Ellis and another Western Conference defenseman’s spot are being taken by Lake Erie’s Tyson Barrie and Rockford’s Brian Connelly. The other All Star additions are Casey Cizikas (Bridgeport) and Alexander Urbom (Albany) for the East and Peoria goaltender Ben Bishop, Toronto forward Ryan Hamilton, Rochester forward Zack Kassian, Oklahoma City forward Ryan Keller and Charlotte forward Chris Terry for the West.
The loss of Ellis leaves Milwaukee with just forward Chris Mueller representing the Admirals. Mueller is the AHL’s ninth leading goal scorer with 19 in 37 games played, just five off of Norfolk forward Cory Conacher’s league leading total of 24.
In other unrelated news Admirals defenseman Tyler Sloan has deemed himself fit to play and will be back in the Milwaukee lineup this weekend. Milwaukee has just one overtime win combined with three losses in four January games without Sloan. Sloan carries a team best +15 rating.
For more on Sloan check out my upcoming feature on MilwaukeeAdmirals.com.