Welcome to the Media Day Extravaganza Edition of the Chatterbox. That’s right, today the Milwaukee Admirals were under the media spotlight of local news stations – and the usual suspects that cover the team game-by-game. This morning I attended practice at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and then rounded up as many players as I could for interviews. Before getting straight to the interviews. Let’s do a quick run down of practice.
These are how the lines looked at practice. And, first things first, today’s practice was the longest practice in the Dean Evason era of this team – clocking in comfortably at over two hours with a halftime inbetween. Whether or not they’ll in fact be used on the road Saturday night against the Chicago Wolves is uncertain. My guess is that they either will be or should be pretty darn close.
Steve Moses, Cody Bass, and Jamie Devane were all on the ice this morning. It was also the first time in training camp that I noticed Johan Alm on the ice, as well. I’m pretty impressed with what I saw out of the line combinations. It’s also entertaining that effectively last year’s third line is now the fourth line due to the amount of talent at forward right now.
Evason always likes to have the players vote for their captains. This season’s turn out saw Colton Sissons named this year’s team captain with Conor Allen and the aforementioned Bass as the alternates.
It was incredible when Sissons was named an alternate last season at the age of 20-years old with only one year of professional playing experience to his name. Jump ahead a year and into the present and he is now the captain. It says a ton about the way he conducts himself on and off the ice that he is so well respected by everyone at such a young age. Not having a list of all the captains in front of me in team history – I’d have to assume him to be the youngest ever captain in the history of the Admirals at 21-years old.
Once practice wrapped up and the played cooled down it was time for Media Day. Players were all set to take this season’s headshots and all were available for interviews. I grabbed as many as I could and, as a result, have a Chatterbox record of nine interviews.
Also, after finally having enough with WordPress’ media player for audio files giving you folks -and me- headaches, I have started up a SoundCloud profile for Admirals Roundtable. I will now be uploading Chatterbox as a block of full-interviews in a playlist. Here goes the trial run and let me know if you feel this is an upgrade.
Another small note to end on is that the Cincinnati Cyclones played a pre-season game last night and came away with a 6-1 thrashing of the Wheeling Nailers. Eric Robinson had a nice first impression for the Cyclones by scoring 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists). In addition, Jaynen Rissling scored a goal – Mikko Vainonen had an assist – and former member of the Admirals, and last year’s Man of the Year, Zach Budish scored a goal. With how stacked the Nashville Predators are, how loaded the Admirals are, I do feel fans in Cincinnati are in for an exciting turn-around season. I expect good things out of the Cyclones in the ECHL this season.
Comments on the comments? What are your expectations for this season? Can the Admirals youth hit the ground running and remain hot for the length of an entire season? Will this season see a return to playoff hockey? What, if anything, concerns you about the Admirals this season?