The Milwaukee Admirals will start their Training Camp on Tuesday morning at the MSOE Kern Center. Before skates hit the ice in Milwaukee we get to take a look at the initial roster for the camp that was just released.
Forwards: Gabryel Boudreau, Félix Girard, Max Görtz, Justin Kirkland, Mike Liambas, Adam Payerl, Jaynen Rissling, Eric Robinson, Trevor Smith, Tylor Spink, Tyson Spink, Matt White, and Harry Zolnierczyk
Invitees: Boudreau, Knodel, Robinson, and the Spink twins
This roster means that forwards Pontus Åberg, Kevin Fiala, Frédérick Gaudreau, Anthony Richard, and Vladislav Kamenev are still in Nashville for the time being. The same goes for defensemen Petter Granberg as well as goaltenders Marek Mazanec and Juuse Saros who are battling for the back-up role with the Nashville Predators. With assistance from media friends in Nashville I can also say that defenseman Stefan Elliott did not report to Nashville’s Pre-Season Camp and opted to sign with Ak Bars Kazan in Russia’s KHL instead.
With the invitees I’d keep a firm eye on both Boudreau and Robinson potentially earning AHL contracts for the 2016-17 season as AHL/ECHL fringe players. Boudreau has impressed in Summer and Pre-Season camps in Nashville. Robinson’s history in the organization has already proved to show the coaching staff in Milwaukee enjoy his play and he would be a quality depth player to have around at the ECHL level in the event a call-up was needed.
Another key focal point this coming week will be the back-up goaltending battle here in Milwaukee between Gunnarsson and Visentin. This competition could come down to Gunnarsson translating from the European to North American style game vs. Visentin’s fitness. Gunnarsson looked fine enough in practice but had flustering moments at game speed. Meanwhile, Visentin has recovered from back-to-back season ending ankle injuries but is still a former first round draft pick level talent. No matter who loses out in Nashville they should be expected to shoulder the load in net for the Admirals this season. That still requires having a back-up on the AHL roster you can lean on just as well if needed.
What are you looking forward to the most out of this week’s Training Camp? Which new talent are you most excited to see on the ice? Who would you rather to take the back-up role in Milwaukee: Gunnarsson or Visentin?
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