Today the Milwaukee Admirals hosted a Media Day with the playoffs officially beginning tomorrow night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. You might think not much would have changed in terms of the on-ice product from yesterday but that simply wasn’t the case.
The Nashville Predators officially assigned defenseman Alexandre Carrier to the Admirals this afternoon. Not only was he on-hand for this morning’s practice but he was joined by fellow member of the Gatineau Olympiques Yakov Trenin who, I suppose like Janne Juvonen and Joonas Lyytinen, is unofficially here. Carrier and Trenin were both selected by the Predators in the 2015 NHL Draft and have each already signed their entry level contracts. This group follows that of Jack Dougherty, Aaron Irving, and Anthony Richard who all joined the Admirals before the end of the regular season. As far as uniform numbers are concerned they all go as follows: #5, Trenin… #15, Dougherty… #24, Richard… #30, Juvonen… #38, Lyytinen… #49, Irving… #64, Carrier…
There was then the fantastic news that came about just as Media Day was coming to a close that the Predators organization has signed Admirals forward Adam Payerl to a one-year, two-way contract that will keep him around for the 2016-17 season. That’s quite a special story given last off-season he couldn’t even find a job at the AHL level and took to the Cincinnati Cyclones because of the chance to participate in Admirals pre-season camp. He impressed then. He’s impressed since. And he’s impressed so much so this season that it put him on the Predators radar.
This being Media Day meant there were countless other news stations around to join the media scrums. There will be a fair bit of different voices asking questions along the way. As far as the usual suspects go they went as follows: Dean Evason, Max Görtz, Kevin Fiala, Marek Mazanec, Corey Potter, and Jamie Devane. These were the sounds from rinkside earlier today.
Comments from the comments from today’s practice? Would you like to see a few of the new additions to the Milwaukee Admirals enter the fray come playoff time? Would that add a new twist that the Grand Rapids Griffins wouldn’t have expected or would making a professional playing debut with the stakes being so high be a tad too risky for the Admirals?
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