Admirals Roster Takes Shape

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“Danger! Eric Robinson Danger!” is heading to a Cincinnati Cyclones hockey club near you! (Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch)

The Milwaukee Admirals have just announced a slate of roster moves. Jaynen Rissling Mikko Vainonen, Brandon Whitney, and Eric Robinson are set to join the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. Meanwhile, Mike Ratchuk and Andrew Yogan have both been released from their PTO contracts with the Admirals.

Press Release via Milwaukee Admirals:

Milwaukee, WI—The Milwaukee Admirals announced today that the team has assigned defenseman Mikko Vainonen and forward Jaynen Rissling to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. In addition, the team has loaned forward Eric Robinson and goalie Brandon Whitney to the Cyclones and released defenseman Mike Ratchuk and forward Andrew Yogan from their tryout contracts.

The Admirals roster now sits at 24 players: two goalies, eight defensemen, and 14 forwards. A current roster is attached.

The Admirals will open the regular season next Saturday night, October 10 at the Allstate Arena against the Chicago Wolves. The Ads home opener is slated for Friday, October 16th at 7 pm against the Charlotte Checkers at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

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As the press release states – the roster is now at 24 players. I get the impression current PTO signings David Moss and Adam Payerl might have earned places on the Admirals roster. Time will tell if they get bumped up to a fully fledged AHL deal. There’s certainly no rush on the Admirals to make that happen right now -but- it would streamline the season should Moss or Payerl be in the long term plans rather than going PTO deal to PTO deal at 25 games a pop.

Thoughts on the current shape of the roster? Would you have preferred to see Robinson or Rissling stay up in place of someone else? Should the keep both Moss and Payerl or will an addition such as Steve Moses make that overkill?

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6 thoughts on “Admirals Roster Takes Shape”

  1. You keep the players who give you the best chance to win. Those young guns need support. Moss will help

  2. Hetzel: Agree. I liked all I saw of Payerl in training camp last week. Moss is a solid veteran. Both tallied goals last night. It’d just mean them over the likes of a Gaudreau, Pendenza, or Devane (who is in Milwaukee btw.. just nursing an injury).

  3. I do like the versatility of Pendenza ( center & wing ) would like it more if he was a bigger guy. I did like him on the penalty kill Friday night with Felix or Frederic, forgot which one was our there. Just having two guys that can win on the face off is key on penalties killing, especially if your main center gets tossed out of the face off. But we do have stronger centers / wingers with size.

  4. John: I’ll miss seeing Liambas around the team, as well. Really nice guy. Going to be tough seeing him in an IceHogs uniform… and it’s not like the Scott Darling route either. Liambas will Liambas it up on the ice. Love those guys when they’re on your team. Hate having to go up against ’em.

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