This morning I attending practice to get a better glimpse of what’s what with the Milwaukee Admirals as they are days away from starting off the 2016 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs on home ice against the Grand Rapids Griffins. There was a fair bit to take in. Here is what I saw.
I know what you’re probably eyeballing right away. Who is Lyytinen? Well, that my friends would be defenseman Joonas Lyytinen who was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Draft. He played for KalPa in Liiga (Finland) and has been part of their program for the entirety of his career dating back to the 2009-10 season as part of the U-16 program. He turned 21-years old at the start of this month, is a left-handed shot from the blueline, and has yet to officially sign an entry level contract or ATO with the Admirals.
That last line is an important one to note because there also happens to be another Finnish player in Milwaukee with the team right now that isn’t officially signed by either the Predators or Admirals. At the moment goaltender Janne Juvonen is with the Admirals. He did not participate with the team in practice today but has been with the team for roughly a week now. He was another fifth round draft choice by the Predators in the 2014 NHL Draft which is now invading the city of Milwaukee. The only member of that draft class that isn’t here right now is Justin Kirkland whose Kelowna Rockets are still doing solid work in the 2016 WHL Playoffs.
There are then two other names of interest that could be joining the Admirals, Yakov Trenin and Alexandre Carrier. Both are members of Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL which was eliminated from the second round of the 2016 QMJHL Playoffs by the Moncton Wildcats in a six-game series. Trenin was the Predators first selection, taken in the second round, of the 2015 NHL Draft and Carrier was selected in the same draft class two rounds later. Both have already signed entry level contracts with the Predators organization. Trenin was reportedly in Nashville last night.
News on the Taylor Aronson front remains silent. He is still not with the team due to personal reasons. Also still not back with the team is Cody Hodgson who has been out for awhile now due to back spasms. It’s unclear whether or not Hodgson, who missed the last twenty-games of the Admirals regular season, will return at all during the playoffs.
After practice was completed I had the opportunity to speak with Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason as well as Pontus Åberg and Jimmy Oligny. If you are wondering why the Oligny interview starts off with laughter it is because he informed me that he named dropped me on WISN-12 who was doing a feature with the French Fries before the interview. I was taken aback by that so hilarity ensued. … I digress. … Here’s what they had to say a few days ahead of the Admirals opening round series against the Griffins.
Comments on the comments? Are there any concerns on your part if the Milwaukee Admirals end up without Taylor Aronson during this playoff run? With all these new prospects coming in does the future wave of Admirals excite you knowing how well the Predators have been drafting in recent years?
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