It appears that the Milwaukee Admirals are branching out once again when it pertains to their current roster situation. Following the completion of last night’s game it was evident that not only was Vladislav Kamenev prepared to join Team Russia for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships but that Zach Budish had his bags packed to return to the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL).
Stepping in for the likes of Budish, at the very least, will be Zac Larraza of the Manchester Monarchs (ECHL). Larraza will be the following in the footsteps of Matt White on the PTO contract front from Manchester to Milwaukee.
Larraza was part of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program when he was selected in the seventh round (196th overall) by the Arizona Coyotes. He wound up never playing within their organization and instead went to play hockey collegiately for the University of Denver. During his four-year NCAA career he played 134 games and scored 66 points (35 goals, 31 assists). He would join the Monarchs of the ECHL after finishing up college and did have a brief AHL spell with the Portland Pirates on a PTO basis where he recorded an assist in a two-game spell before being sent packing back to the ECHL.
It is of course noting the obvious connection between the two Monarchs teammates now rejoined here with the Admirals, White and Larraza. Despite being away from the Monarchs for awhile now White remains the team’s second highest scorer with 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) and has found success here in Milwaukee during his first ever stint in the AHL: 3 points (2 goals, 1 assists). Larraza is third in scoring for the Monarchs this season, right behind White on the team scoring list, with 18 points (11 goals, 7 assists).
This hasn’t been the greatest of times for the 2014-15 Milwaukee Admirals Man of the Year, Budish. Finding work in the off-season was a test. He attended pre-season camp with the Iowa Wild but was dropped before returning to a place of comfort in the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) where he has almost been a point per game player this season. In four-games back with the Admirals he produced a pair of assists while trucking along on the fourth line. He had since been healthy scratched in two of the Admirals last three games.