The Milwaukee Admirals just provided a handy dandy PDF that reveals both new uniform numbers for players and a few names that have been added to training camp. The new additions includes: Adam Payerl (C), Andrew Yogan (LW), and Mike Ratchuk (D). For those unable to open the PDF above here it is in easy access jpeg form:
All three of the new names added to training camp are members of the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) this season. All are signed specifically to ECHL contracts so in any event where Payerl, Yogan, or Ratchuk get brought to the Admirals it comes on a loan or PTO basis from the Cyclones.
Payerl is an undrafted winger that has spent the majority of his career in the AHL under the Penguins banner. He has also played twice in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He doesn’t post eye popping offensive numbers, 20 points (7 goals, 13 assists) in the last two AHL seasons he’s played (84 games), but at 6’3″ and 218 lbs. he has the frame that can muscle it out on the lower lines and eat up minutes on the ice.
Yogan was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers. In his last year in junior hockey, 2011-12, he had an incredible scoring season for the Peterborough Petes: 79 points (41 goals, 38 assists) in 66 games. Added Fun Fact: He was teammates with Austin Watson and Trevor Murphy that season. Since, his pro career has slightly been tumbleweeds. His scoring numbers have receded and he’s going from an NHL draft pick, to AHL talent, to ECHL talent. Perhaps this new backdrop of Milwaukee/Cincinnati can reignite his scoring touch.
Ratchuk, were he to actually be a mainstay on the Admirals, would be the oldest defenseman on the roster at 27-years old. He was a second round draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2006 but has yet to play a game in the NHL. His time as a pro has been split between the AHL (147 career games) and ECHL (175 career games). Looking at his track record I’m going to take a guess injuries played a part in him going from 69 games played with the Wheeling Nailers in 2013-14 to 28 games played last season. No matter, he’s set to join his fourth different ECHL team this season and -should he stay healthy- can hopefully provide his 2013-14 level of performance.
In addition to these Cyclones being brought into training camp the roster list reveals some of the new uniform numbers for the Admirals: #6, Kristian Näkyvä… #7, Conor Allen… #8, Trevor Murphy… #10, Max Görtz… #25, Max Reinhart… #61, Brandon Whitney… #85, Mikko Vainonen… #91, Vladislav Kamenev.
The Admirals training camp roster should expand when some more faces arrive from Nashville in the coming days (e.g. Cody Bass, Jamie Devane, Juuse Saros, and more). I’d anticipate some moves being made in advance of Friday’s exhibition game against the Rockford IceHogs. As far as spotting guys tomorrow though? This list should help you out.
Once again, I’ll be at the MSOE Kern Center tomorrow morning for the start of training camp. You can check out the full training camp schedule here. Hope to see you rinkside.