It’s a shame that the Admiral of the Month Award won’t extend past the month of April. The Milwaukee Admirals 2015-16 season really did deserve a longer run. That said, the final monthly award from Admirals Roundtable was a rather easy choice to make. It had to go to Pontus Åberg.
At the end of the regular season there wasn’t a hotter player on the Admirals roster than Åberg. The numbers from the last month of the regular season pop: 9 points (6 goals, 3 assists) in 8 games, 4 power-play goals, 2 game-winning goals, 2 first-goals, an average of 2.0 shots on goal per game, and he was held without a point in just 2 games.
Similar to the Admirals as a team it’s a shame that such a great run at the end of the regular season didn’t see better results in the playoffs for Åberg. In the Admirals playoff exit the 22-year old Swede was unable to score a point. Considering the Admirals were held to a single goal in all 3 games against the Grand Rapids Griffins there wasn’t much scoring to get excited about in general. Still, something that Åberg offered that extended into the playoffs was his reliability to the team to double-shift on the wing. His all-around play was so consistent that the coaching staff really pushed him to offer up a boost when the Admirals needed it. There is a reason, despite the lack of scoring in the playoffs, why the Nashville Predators saw fit to give Åberg his first career NHL call up prior to the start of their second round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks. He was the hottest forward on the ice for the Admirals and that motor can translate to the Predators if they needed him out on the wing. With the Predators now down 2-0 to the Sharks perhaps some new blood and energy in the form of Åberg would be a good thing.
Admirable Mentions: Vladislav Kamenev, 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists) in 11 games… Juuse Saros, 5 wins from 6 starts with a 2.34 goals against average and 0.919 save percentage… Félix Girard, for his efforts in the face-off circle and work on Admirals special teams… Kevin Fiala, 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists) in 11 games… Max Reinhart, 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) in 11 games… Max Görtz, 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 11 games… Adam Payerl, 5 points (4 goals, 1 assist) in 11 games… Matt White, 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 11 games…
~Admiral of the Month Award~
October: Félix Girard
November: Viktor Arvidsson
December: Frédérick Gaudreau
January: Marek Mazanec
February: Colton Sissons
March: Juuse Saros
April: Pontus Åberg
Who do you feel was the Milwaukee Admirals top performer during the month of April? Was it Pontus Åberg, Vladislav Kamenev, or someone else? Answer in the comment section below.
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