I spoke a good deal about how many injuries there have been with the Milwaukee Admirals in my “Admiral of the Month” Award for December. I also brought up one of the tightest knit groups in the locker room, the French Fries. Combine those two and you get today’s news story that the Admirals have recalled defenseman Jonathan Diaby from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.
The man who coined the group name, who I simply call The Big Fry, has had a rough 2015-16 season to date. He began the year off as the poster boy for the new Admirals logo and uniforms, played two games in the AHL, looked all sorts of lost on the ice, and was sent packing to the ECHL where he would miss a good amount of game time due to injury. He has played 17 games for the Cyclones, has an assist, a plus/minus rating of +1, and 11 penalty minutes.
The reason behind this call up is perhaps the more troubling detail to this news, sadly. Taylor Aronson is expected to be out for around a month due to a lower-body injury. Trevor Murphy was the recipient of an illegal check to the head by Ryan Hartman of the Rockford IceHogs which gave him what can most specifically be detailed as an upper-body injury. Johan Alm had missed upwards of eight-games due to a lower-body injury not too long ago. So, the mystery right now becomes which member of the defense is hurt now? There were plenty of blocked shots and heavy plays made in the previous two games against the Grand Rapids Griffins but nothing severe enough that screams to one key player that it might be. Regardless, the Admirals look to be short yet another player and this time it means calling up Diaby who himself is only two ECHL games back from an injury of his own.