One of the major occurrences that took place during the Milwaukee Admirals 2015-16 season was seeing a mid-season overhaul of the way the defensive group was structured. In January the organization shifted away from the likes of Victor Bartley and Conor Allen in favor of balancing the defense’s left-handed dominant shooting group with some right-handed shots. The Nashville Predators acquired Stefan Elliott and Patrick Mullen in mid-January and even added Corey Potter at the NHL’s Trade Deadline for an extra bit of veteran ability to the Admirals mix.
If there were anyone that most fans with the Admirals would be familiar with of those brought it in would be Elliott. The 25-year old defenseman was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft and played nine games against the Admirals while a member of the Lake Erie Monsters from 2012-13 season to the 2014-15 season. He scored two-goals against the Admirals in that last playing season within the Avalanche organization before moving on and signing with the Arizona Coyotes organization last off-season. He played in 19 games this season for the Coyotes and scored 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in that time before he was acquired by the Predators and sent to the Admirals.
There is no denying that Elliott provides a great two-way ability to the ice yet it is his offensive ability from the blueline that really sets him apart. In his AHL career he has been a 0.49 point per game player. As a member of that Admirals that figure went up to 0.54 as he notched 19 points (8 goals, 11 assists) in just 35 games. Late in the season he was able to head up to the Predators and assist their efforts while Ryan Ellis dealt with a minor injury and logged a pair of games for his second NHL team of the 2015-16 season.
A big thanks goes out to Stefan Elliott for taking the time out to have this interview. As far as Fifteen interviews go there just aren’t many players left to get for the 2015-16 season. Who haven’t you heard from that you want to hear from next? Does he speak Russian? Because, if he does, chances are I just can’t quite pull that one off yet. Not unless I improve my own personal Russian which sounds a lot like me speaking like I normally do which some call English.
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