The Cincinnati Cyclones have made note that the Milwaukee Admirals have recalled goaltender Brendan Whitney. As a result the Cyclones have added Jake Reed as an emergency backup for their final two regular season games tonight and tomorrow.
Perhaps this move comes down to sheer karma as I poked at the Admirals goaltending not having needed their third choice goaltender much the last two seasons. Whitney has made some trips to join the Admirals this season but both occasions were made on an emergency basis and he sat on the bench. Rob Madore did much the same thing last season as the Admirals third choice goaltender.
Whitney has played in 21 games this season in the ECHL where he holds a record of 9-8-1-0 in net with a 3.18 goals against average, 0.891 save percentage, and no shutouts. I had spoken with Dakota Johnson of Sin Bin Cyclones yesterday about Whitney’s season with the Cyclones and this is what he had to say:
“Whitney has had his fair share of bright and dark spots this season. He hasn’t seen a ton of action since Andy Iles was claimed off waivers back in January, only appearing in a handful of games. He definitely has some strengths. The obvious one being his size. But, his struggles have outweighed the good unfortunately. Rebound control has been his worst nightmare. I can safely say a good 80% of the goals he’s given up, have come off of humongous rebounds he left out that could’ve been prevented if he had been able to hold onto it. Sitting all this time hasn’t done him much justice either. When he had to relieve Iles in the 3rd period of a game in Indy a couple weeks ago, I noticed his reaction timing to shots was really slow, and he just seemed to be real stiff overall in goal. I know he’s under contract through the end of 16-17, so he’ll most likely be in Cincinnati again next season. I’m very interested to see how he’s able to work on things over the off-season and see if he comes back next season with the kinks worked out.”
I’m sure the question that comes with this news from everyone is why has Whitney been recalled and that is an answer I feel will be more thoroughly answered ahead of tomorrow night’s game. Right now, speculation is about as good as it gets and that’s something that I’ll do about now: (1) Whitney hasn’t been featuring much in the ECHL anyways so why not bring him up for the Admirals potential playoff run as a third goaltender (2) Marek Mazanec did take a knock not too long ago in practice that forced Dov Grumet-Morris out of the woodworks to sit on the Admirals bench as an emergency backup for a night – perhaps Grumet-Morris was too busy to travel as far as Charlotte… (3) this is why I don’t enjoy speculating all that much because your guess is as good as mine right now.
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