Ahead of tonight’s game in Rockford the Milwaukee Admirals have recalled defenseman Garrett Noonan from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.
This move doesn’t necessarily come off as much of a surprise. The Admirals defense right now is rather banged up and the numbers aren’t quite there as a result. Conor Allen has missed the last seven-games due to an upper-body injury. Trevor Murphy was clocked with an illegal check to the head by Ryan Hartman four-minutes into the Admirals’ last game and did not return to the ice. Johan Alm missed eight-games straight due to a lower-body injury, returned to game action for a pair of games, but has since been scratched from the last five straight games. It might be that Alm was scratched as Petter Granberg played out his conditioning assignment from the Nashville Predators or it could be, with Granberg returning to Nashville and Noonan now with the Admirals, that Alm’s lower-body injury is still lingering on.
Noonan has been enjoying a strong season at the ECHL level in Cincinnati. He has produced 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in 20 games with a plus/minus rating of +6 and 19 penalty minutes. He has played in a total of five-games with the Admirals so far this season, has yet to produce a point of offense, and is a +2 player.
For a bit of fun, considering he was a recent guest on their show, I suggest listening to Noonan chat with our friends over on Penalty Box Radio right here to hear about his time in the ECHL this season.