It was announced today that the Admirals signed a pair of players to AHL deals.
Forward Paul Crowder was one of them. You may remember him from suiting up in 5 games for the Admirals in the second half of last season when everybody and their mom were called up to the Preds. Back when Coach Drulia was the boss in Wheeling, Crowder was his captain. So there’s history with the guy. And he made a nice enough impression last season to get a two-way (AHL-ECHL) deal this year.
A forward who we last saw as a member of the Texas Stars. And one of those guys that might be described as a rat, a pest, and a nuisance if you’re playing against him.
We got our fill of him in the playoff series against the Stars in 2011 Calder Cup playoffs. And then according to Stephen from the 100 Degree Hockey blog, things didn’t seem to work out with the Stars.
” ‘Tousi’ had one really good year with Texas, 10-11. He was effective that year in using speed to get to pucks and make things happen. For the most part, his role was 3rd line at best, 4th line more likely. Pest more than enforcer. Did have some fights, mostly forgettable.
“He spent a lot of time (last season) in ECHL Idaho and then was deemed expendable and sent to St John’s for nothing.” Not even a bag of pucks. He was loaned to the IceCaps, similar to the way Zach Hamill was loaned to Milwaukee at the end of the year.
And that’s how he completed his entry-level contract. So he’s got a change of scenery now.
If he still has some nastiness to his game, or if the coaches can get him back to being the pest that he was in 2011….imagine him on a line with Mike Liambas. That might be fun to watch.
So Roundtable — what do you remember about Tousignant from that playoff series? Are you happy with these depth moves in general?