Admiral of the Month: December


Marek Mazanec’s play this month has been one of very few bright spots during a dreadful December for the Admirals. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

The best Milwaukee Admirals performer for the month of December. Talk about trying to find hay from the needle stack. This has been a rough month across the board. Yet, I feel as if one player really stood out from all the madness.

My choice for December’s Admiral of the Month is Marek Mazanec.

Mazanec played in eight of the Admirals twelve games in December and had 2 wins, 3.13 goals against average, 0.885 save percentage, and a shutout. That stat line might not look good for him on paper but his play in December has been very strong. He’s been weathering the storm that is played out in front of him and looked calm and composed throughout this poor stretch of play for the entire team.

Other players that have impressed me during this month: Joe Pendenza, 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 8 games… Pontus Åberg, 7 points (5 goals, 2 assists) in 11 games… Taylor Aronson, 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 12 games with a plus/minus rating of +2.

~Admiral of the Month Award~

October: Brendan Leipsic
November: Magnus Hellberg
December: Marek Mazanec

Who was your choice for December’s Admiral of the Month? Is there another Admiral who you felt was the top performer this past month? If so, who and why?

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One Response to Admiral of the Month: December

  1. Goaltenders take too much heat when a team loses, and earn too much praise when a team wins. But earning two wins in eight games is hardly something to shake a stick at, therefore Mazenec would not be my choice.

    My decision comes down to either Taylor Aronson or Joe Piskula. Piskula is a nice darkhorse for this month, having posted an impressive plus/minus of +7 during the team’s dismal month of December, along with three assists. However, he’s also the captain of a team sliding southward.

    Therefore, my vote would be for Taylor Aronson, who not only posted a +2 rating in the month, but also added a pair of goals and showed nice growth overall. Remember Aronson played in 65 ECHL games last season, and now leads all Milwaukee defenders with 16 points.

    My guess is that Maz will have much brighter months down the road to hang our hat on, so therefore Nashville’s 2010 third-round pick is my pick for Admiral of the Month.

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