It’s that time again to announce Admirals Roundtable’s Admiral of the Month Award. Sure, the calendar might read November today but the Milwaukee Admirals have already burned through their twelve game set for the month. When they play tomorrow night at home we’ll be entering December and the whopping fourteen game total that the month will provide.
This month was nothing short of spectacular for the Milwaukee Admirals. They went 11-1-0-0 while setting a franchise record for the longest winning streak (ten-games) and most wins ever recorded in franchise history in the month of November. Needless to say there are a number of great individual performances that made the team rocket through the month as well as it did. And yet I find myself coming back to one player that stands out on his own. The Admiral of the Month for November was Viktor Arvidsson.
Arvidsson’s season started at the NHL level with the Nashville Predators. He scored his first career goal on opening night in front of the home crowd in Nashville. That goal wouldn’t prove to just be a nice moment for him either as it ended up being the game-winning goal for the Predators to beat the Carolina Hurricanes.
He would return to the Milwaukee Admirals at the tail end of October. From that moment until the game before his most recent recall to the Predators he scored a point in every game. Arvidsson’s thirteen-game points streak is the longest streak in the AHL this season and is so by a solid three-games over both Pat Cannone of the Chicago Wolves and William Nylander of the Toronto Marlies. When all was said and done in the month of November Arvidsson had produced 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in eleven-games. Despite missing the Admirals opening four-games of the season Arvidsson is the current team leader in points and is so by a good margin. The next closest to the Swede on the Admirals team scoring list is Frédérick Gaudreau with 12 points (4 goals, 7 assists).
Speaking of Gaudreau, he is one of many players who I think is well worthy of an Admirable Mention for the month of November. Gaudreau played fantastically well operating at both wing and center while tasked with many top responsibilities that were being bestowed upon Colton Sissons when he was with the Admirals. Gaudreau provided 9 points (4 goals, 5 assists), 2 power-play goals, 2 game-winning goals, and was just an out-and-out incredible performer regardless of the offensive output.
It would of course be wrong to not tip the cap to both Admirals goaltenders this month because they were immensely important in the team having the amount of success the team enjoyed. Juuse Saros won every single one of his seven-starts in November while posting a 2.00 goals against average, 0.932 save percentage, and earned his first career pro shutout in North America to kick off the month. When he returns from Nashville the Finn will still be on a seven-game winning streak in net. Marek Mazanec was also terrific this month despite the lone blip on the radar impacting his statistical numbers the hardest. If you remove that one game where the Admirals lost 6-0 to the Grand Rapids Griffins you would find that Maz was even more brilliant that his counter part: 1.19 goals against average and a 0.961 save percentage in his four-wins. So, when Nashville folk wag their finger saying Saros has been the better goalie – do take that with a grain of salt. Both goaltenders were unbelievable in November.
Other Admirable Mentions for the month of November: the entire line combination of Jamie Devane, Félix Girard, and the extra winger of choice (Max Görtz, Eric Robinson, Joe Pendenza) was solid all month… Max Reinhart, 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists)… Taylor Aronson, 8 points (1 goal, 7 assists)… Pontus Åberg, 7 points (5 goals, 2 assists)… Trevor Murphy, 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists)… Vladislav Kamenev, 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists)… and the defensive pairing of Conor Allen on the left with Jimmy Oligny on the right.
~Admiral of the Month Award~
October: Félix Girard
November: Viktor Arvidsson
Who do you feel was the Milwaukee Admirals top performer during the month of November? Was it Arvidsson, Saros, Gaudreau, or someone else?