The Guys On The Training Camp Roster That You Don’t Know

Happy training camp eve!

While the Admirals do have an extra week before they play their first regular season game, they’ve only got two days of camp before they play their first pre-season game.

Taking a spin through the training camp roster, there are a few names we haven’t seen before or written about yet.  So here’s a quick primer.  If you see them in action at the Kern Center on Friday, you can tell your neighbor on the bleachers about them and sound like you know what you’re talking about.

Mike Embach.  A 5’10 forward from Orland Park, Illinois (SW suburb of Chicago).  He played in college for all four years at Ferris State University, leading the NCAA in shorthanded goals his senior year (5).  Embach signed with the Texas Stars on an ATO after his senior season was done in 2011.  The following season he spend in the ECHL with the Chicago Express, with a scoring line of 13g/13a in 60 games.  He spend last season mostly with Cincinnati, and finished third on the team in goals with 18.  He had a cup of coffee with the Lake Erie Monsters for two games, and had one assist there.

At the time he signed with the Cyclones last season, head coach Jarrod Skalde said, “Mike was a guy who I admired last season when we faced Chicago.  He has a tremendous work ethic and compete level. I feel that this could be a breakout year for him on the ice and we’re very excited to have him.”

He may say that about everybody….I don’t know.  But it’s a nice endorsement regardless.

Mike Moffat.  A 6’1 defenseman from Scarborough, Ontario.  He was in rookie camp with the Preds, and scored a goal in that first game against the Panthers.  Not sure if his plan is to turn pro or head back to the Ontario Hockey League as an over-ager.  Last year for the Kingston Frontenacs, he was tops among the defenseman in points.  If he isn’t turning pro, he’ll at least get some more good face-time with Dean and Stan this week.

Chris Reed.  A 6’1 defenseman from Solon, Ohio.  A CCHA guy that played four years at THE Ohio State University.  He has spent the last two seasons with Cincinnati, making cameo appearances last year with Springfield, Lake Erie, and Houston in the “A”.  He finished fourth in all of the ECHL in the +/- category at +26, and second among defensemen.

He is signed with the Cyclones for this season, and assistant coach Matt Macdonald says, “Chris brings a high level of consistency to our club.  Not only is he a leader on and off the ice, he plays every game like it’s do or die every night. Chris puts a lot of pressure on the other team defensively, but isn’t afraid to jump up into the play when he can. We’re very excited to have him back.”

He may say that about everybody….I don’t know.  But it’s a nice endorsement regardless.

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