According to the ECHL Transactions Wire the Milwaukee Admirals have signed Vinny Saponari to a PTO contract on loan from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL. Saponari played with the Admirals during the 2013-14 season.
Saponari played college hockey with Boston University before ending up with Northeastern University. After his collegiate career came to an end he signed on to an ATO contract with the St. John’s IceCaps who are now known as the Manitoba Moose. The next season he played for the Cincinnati Cyclones and worked his way up to the AHL level with the Admirals. In the 2013-14 season in Milwaukee Saponari amassed 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists) in 58 games. He spent last season under the Hartford Wolf Pack banner but mainly spent the bulk of his season in the ECHL with the Greenville Road Warriors. He would stay there for this season and went through the PTO contract sequence twice already: with the Portland Pirates and then with the Lake Erie Monsters not more than two-weeks ago.
What’s interesting about the current predicament for the Admirals is that they literally have to sign players from the ECHL to PTO deals at the given moment if so much as one forward is banged up. Austin Watson, Miikka Salomäki, Colton Sissons, and Viktor Arvidsson are all in Nashville with the Predators. Meanwhile in Cincinnati injuries are a plenty with Jaynen Rissling currently dinged up and Eric Robinson quite possibly out for the season due to a knee injury.