This morning I had a few Roundtable readers with me at practice at the MSOE Kern Center. I didn’t really want to break from the crowd to sneak in some interviews, therefore, this is a little bit more of a recap of what I saw.
When I walked through the doors I saw a very pleasant sight on the ice: Mike Liambas. He was in a red “no contact” jersey just putting in the paces. My guess: I caught him cooling down. He skated by himself almost forty-five minutes before the rest of the team held practice.
Good news continued because there were so many healthy bodies at today’s practice an addition set of forward jerseys were used. Generally, to make the lines distinct, the forwards wear white, baby blue, royal blue, and yellow practice jerseys. Because of the numbers we saw green practice jerseys in use. Here were the forward line combinations from practice:
That’s right. Mark Van Guilder was back and skating. He was in full-contact practice and, for a lower-body injury being the label, showed no ill signs. Of the listed lines – it is that last one that I suspect would be the scratch line when all is said and done for the playoffs. The other four lines? They excite me. They excite me a lot. There is incredible depth throughout those four lines. Much to be giddy about, I think.
All defensemen were on hand except for Kirill Gotovets. As the AHL recent transaction wire states: he was released from his ATO. He played real well in his professional debut. I expect him to find a place quickly – unless he is still under contract with the Blackhawks – even he didn’t sound like he really knew when I spoke with him about how he joined the Admirals.
What do you think of these line combinations? Is this as balanced and as talented as the Admirals have looked all season?