The Black Aces Descend Upon Nashville

(Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)
(Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

There have already been two members of the Milwaukee Admirals who joined the Nashville Predators during their second round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks. Both Pontus Åberg and Marek Mazanec were summoned ahead of that series and were with the Predators in San Jose in the first two games against the Sharks.

Now that the series is moving to Predators HQ in Nashville a lot more names have officially surfaced as joining the Predators playoff cause: Kevin Fiala, Vladislav KamenevFrédérick Gaudreau, Stefan Elliott, and Corey Potter.

Fiala was the Admirals leading scorer this past season. He scored 50 points (18 goals, 32 assists) in 66 games. He played 5 games for the Predators this season and scored his first career NHL goal on 1/14/16 on the road against the Winnipeg Jets.

This past season was Kamenev’s first full campaign in North America. He spent the entirety of the 2015-16 season playing center and produced 37 15 22 in 57 games which puts him at the third highest points per game ratio of Admirals who played more than 50 games this season. He missed time due to his participation in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships where he was the captain of Team Russia and earned silver while producing 6 points (5 goals, 1 assist) in 7 games.

Gaudreau was the true feel good story of this past season for the Admirals. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Admirals back in 2014-15 where he split time between the AHL and ECHL totaling a combined 18 points (9 goals, 9 assists) from 57 games between the Admirals and the Cincinnati Cyclones. This season Gaudreau performed so well that the Predators couldn’t ignore his abilities and signed him to a two-year entry level contract. Gaudreau scored 42 points (15 goals, 27 assists) in 75 games and represented the Admirals in the inaugural AHL All-Star Challenge where he won the championship game with the Central Division All-Stars.

Elliott and Potter were part of the Admirals major defensive shake-up at the middle stages of the season which also included Patrick Mullen being brought on-board. The three brought experience as well as right-handed shots from the back end for the Admirals that really boosted the team down the stretch as the team went 25-10-1-2 from their debut on 1/15/16 to the end of the regular season.

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