A Day of Roster Moves

Kevin Fiala up, Garrett Noonan up, and Gary Steffes gone. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

The Milwaukee Admirals roster has reshuffled this afternoon. The Nashville Predators have recalled Kevin Fiala. The Admirals have recalled Garrett Noonan from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. And, lastly, the Admirals have released forward Gary Steffes from his PTO contract.

Press Release via Milwaukee Admirals:

Milwaukee, WI–Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has recalled 2014 first-round selection Kevin Fiala from Milwaukee.

In addition, the Admirals have recalled defenseman Garrett Noonan from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL and released forward Gary Steffes from the PTO.
Fiala became the fourth 18-year-old in Predators history when he made his NHL debut in a 3-2 victory over Montreal on March 24, logging 11:25 and putting three shots on goal. He has amassed 20 points (11g-9a) in 33 AHL games since making his North American professional debut with the Admirals on Jan. 21.

The native of St. Gallen, Switzerland started the 2014-15 season with HV-71 of the Swedish Hockey League, posting 14 points (5g-9a) in 20 games – tied for the fourth-most goals and assists, and sixth-most points among SHL junior players – before being assigned to Nashville’s AHL affiliate on Jan. 15. Fiala also represented Switzerland at the 2015 World Junior Championship, being named one of the nation’s three best players for the tournament while tying for fifth among all skaters in goals (4g-1a-5pts, 6gp).

Noonan posted four goals and five assists and a +5 rating in 38 games with the Admirals during his first professional season and added 10 points (1g-9a) in 23 games with Cincinnati.

Steffes tallied four goals, including two on the power-play, in nine games with Milwaukee. He returns to the Allen Americans of the ECHL for their post-season run after leading the league with 44 goals in 63 games.

The Admirals are off until Friday when they play host to Toronto in the final home game of the regular season.

The only move here the surprises me is that Gary Steffes was released. He wasn’t with the Admirals that long but was solid and proved that his ECHL eye for the goal translates to the AHL level. He operated on the Admirals top two forward lines, played wing and center, was able to work special teams, and was consistent from the word go. I’d be surprised if Steffes isn’t a full-time AHL player come next season.

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5 thoughts on “A Day of Roster Moves”

  1. Disappointed about Steffes, but maybe he’ll get picked up by a team that will be in the playoffs. I am sure he will be in the AHL full time next season. Let’s hope it is with the Ads.

  2. Sucks Steffes is gone but at least he can get back to his ECHL team to gel quick and make a run for the Kelly Cup. I liked him he’s a really solid player with AHL potential. Kinda reminds me of Pevs the first time i saw him. Really hard working and a knack for scoring. Ford should be allowed to reunite with SC so they can also make some noise in the ECHL. With Steffes gone and Fiala recalled our life support has been pulled. Flat line……………………….

  3. Daniel, do you get the feeling that this is just a move to get Steffes more playing time and do right by the Allen Americans? Because if they don’t have some sort of handshake agreement to bring him back next season it seems pretty stupid, there doesn’t appear to be any new forwards on the cusp of coming from overseas or college.

  4. Glenn: I’m not sure. It could just be that the Ads would want to give Steffes the chance to play playoff hockey with the Allen Americans. Certainly if you want to think of his time in Milwaukee as a job interview for next season I think he did everything to comeback with an AHL contract for 2015-16.

  5. Steffes will be back next year. He can score in the AHL.

    Leipsic was AHL player of the week. Toronto won 3 games to move into 8th place. Ouch!!!

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