Two days before the Ads take to the road against the Rockford IceHogs they’ve made a roster move. The team announced this afternoon that they have recalled right-winger Vinny Saponari from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.
Saponari currently leads the Cyclones with ten assists and is second on the team in points with eleven scored in fourteen games. The 23-year old Georgia native was drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers. He made his professional hockey debut last season as a member of the St. John’s IceCaps where he scored a goal and an assist in seven AHL games.
There was no counter move made to this from the team. No players are known, at least not yet, to be heading to Cincinnati. The two key injuries on the Admirals team right now consist of Mike Liambas and Patrick Cehlin. Dean Evason stated that he expects Liambas to return during this road trip (possibly Wednesday in Rockford – probably Saturday or Sunday in Charlotte). Meanwhile, Cehlin has been out of the Ads lineup since a road game against the Iowa Wild on 11/3. In that game he scored a goal and an assist but went down with an unknown injury that has kept him out ever since.
The Ads have held a familiar roster and lineup ever since those two injuries took place. It has featured Scott Valentine in the Liambas role and Charles Roussel filling in for Valentine on defense. With Liambas potentially coming back and Saponari turning up today, one wonders where the move will come with the team and what exactly the status is on Cehlin. Either way, Saponari should be getting another crack at the AHL and, as far as offense goes, he might add a little extra spice on the back end of the Admirals forward line.
Thoughts on the move? Is this a short-term move for Rockford or possibly a long-term move? Who do you see potentially being sent down to Cincinnati? Does Valentine move back to defense or should he remain a forward? How would the return of Liambas impact the team?