The Chatterbox, Vol. 38

Magnus Hellberg’s 2013-14 season was one to forget. Can he find the success he displayed in his rookie season this year? (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

It was Media Day for the Milwaukee Admirals. This meant getting a good look at the team prior to tomorrow night’s opener and plenty of opportunities to speak with coaches and players.

Let’s start first with what I saw of the team in practice. It currently seems as if Mike Liambas and Patrick Cehlin will start the season out of the lineup as both have injury setbacks. In addition, the forward lines have been given a bit of a shake up.

Pontus Aberg-Colton Sissons-Brendan Leipsic
Miikka Salomaki-Mark Van Guilder-Austin Watson
Viktor Arvidsson-Felix Girard-Triston Grant
Josh Shalla-Frederick Gaudreau/Joe Pendenza-Zach Budish

The bottom line was working between two centers. My gut instinct says Frederick Gaudreau gets the go-ahead of Joe Pendenza for tomorrow night. As for the defensemen. They were all there. All eight of them. As you could imagine that meant pretty static lines during practice. It seemed as though the one that didn’t get rattled much was Anthony Bitetto on the left with Garrett Noonan to his right. Not so cut and dry as to who pairs with who on defense. I think it will become a bit more clear in the first few weeks of the season.

Once practice finished, I joined the esteemed Milwaukee media for Q&A’s with many of the players. I spoke with Dean Evason, Joe Piskula, Colton Sissons, Johan Alm, Taylor Aronson, Marek Mazanec, and Magnus Hellberg. Here’s what everyone had to say ahead of the season opener.

Dean Evason on finally getting the season going:

Evason on the quietness of the group:

Evason’s thoughts on the extra bodies currently on the roster:

Evason on the competition within the team for roster spots:

Evason’s game prep for opening night against Charlotte:

Evason’s opinions on the new coaching staff in Nashville:

Evason’s process in naming the Admirals captains today:

Evason talks about where Sissons needs to improve:

Joe Piskula speaks in regards to his leadership style:

Piskula on setting the right example as team captain:

Piskula’s impressions on pre-season camp in Nashville:

Piskula on NHL playing time this season:

Piskula on who has impressed so far in Milwaukee:

Piskula’s expectations for tomorrow night’s season opener:

Piskula’s feelings about his hockey career in his home state of Wisconsin:

Colton Sissons reaction on being named an alternate captain:

Sissons on previous leadership experience:

Sissons’ thoughts of linemates Pontus Aberg and Brendan Leipsic:

Sissons on the pest side of Leipsic’s game:

Sissons’ feelings on the new overtime format:

Sissons on building upon his 2013-14 rookie season:

Sissons talks about his pre-season camp in Nashville:

Sissons on the pressures to perform in front of a new Nashville coaching staff:

Johan Alm’s expectations this season:

Alm on playing in Nashville during the pre-season:

Alm’s thoughts of playing defense on North American ice:

Taylor Aronson on making the Admirals roster:

Aronson’s thoughts on him being the lone right-handed shot from the defense:

Aronson on his ECHL Kelly Cup Finals run with Cincinnati last season:

Marek Mazanec talks about his summer:

Mazanec and his improved English:

Mazanec’s take on the new Nashville coaching staff:

Mazanec on carrying over last season’s experiences into the new camapign:

Magnus Hellberg thoughts on a new season filled with new faces:

Hellberg on the different systems between Trotz and Laviolette:

Hellberg talks about Mazanec getting the opening night start:

Hellberg hoping for a less hectic injury season for goalies in system:

Hellberg describes his yet to be unveiled new Admirals mask:

Comments on the comments? How confident are you in this year’s Admirals team? What is its biggest strength and weakness? Who will be the key player for the Admirals in 2014-15?

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3 thoughts on “The Chatterbox, Vol. 38”

  1. As he is my favorite Ads player, the amount of time lost to injury by Cehlin is becoming an issue for me. I saw a lot of potential there, but all this time out has seriously hindered his development. I know concussions are a tricky thing (I have had several), but you can also be too cautious.

    The thing that most excites/scares/potentially frustrates me is the overall age of this team. Are they talented? Of course, but youthful talent can get into some bad habits that are hard to break. I know there will be a learning curve, but how steep it is is yet to be seen. How will they handle the midseason grind? We shall see.

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