Ok, so Gabriel Bourque getting recalled….that’s old news now. He’s in St. Paul tonight, he’s playing against the Wild. Do us proud, Bourquey!
But the corresponding move is the interesting one.
Forward Brad Winchester was signed to a PTO contract, and should play for the Admirals tomorrow night against Houston.
Winchester brings 390 games of NHL experience and some muscle to a team that has been severely lacking both at times.
A second round draft pick of the Oilers back in 2000, Winchester spent four seasons at the University of Wisconsin (a 2nd generation Badger), before turning pro in the fall of 2003. Last season, he played 67 games with the San Jose Sharks.
As an unrestricted free agent heading into the mini-camps this year, Winchester was invited to the Calgary camp, but was unable to break with the big club….perhaps his roster spot was given to former Admiral Steve Begin?
And now the 6-foot-5 31-year-old Madison, WI native will be suiting up for the team down the road in Milwaukee. It’s just a PTO for now, but if things go well….there’s certainly room for growth in this organization. There always seems to be tenants in Barry Trotz’s doghouse.
What to expect out of him, outside of the veteran intangibles that we don’t get to see in the stands? Maybe a bigger version of Ben Guite that will drop the gloves and drive to the net.
Welcome to Milwaukee, Brad. Hopefully you’re the spark that’ll get this team back on track.