The first day of Milwaukee Admirals Training Camp is in the books. There was a lot to refamiliarize. And lots of new faces to take in. Practice today was split into two groups which both featured three forward lines and two defensive pairings. Goaltenders Jonas Gunnarsson and Mark Visentin worked both groups in net.
I suppose the most glaring thing to take in for the first day of practice is all the new names and faces – even the new numbers. It’s not just that the new players have arrived but players from a season ago have taken to new uniform numbers for the 2016-17 season. You can view the current roster right here to see all the changes. And a big assist on getting those numerals goes out to Aaron Sims.
As far as line combinations went there wasn’t anything major to take in for the first day of practice. The lone notes I’d taken from today really lend itself to the blueline where it appears the Jaynen Rissling “as a forward” experiment is over after one-season. He was skating backwards alongside roster invitee Eric Knodel and those two could potentially pair up in the ECHL with the Cincinnati Cyclones. That experiment, tested out on Rissling last season, seems to have shifted to Teddy Doherty on the other hand. Last year’s captain for Boston College is a defenseman but was taking forward practice with a line including Max Görtz and Eric Robinson.
Also on defense I was very interested to find out where the Admirals are looking to plug in first-year pros Jack Dougherty and Alexandre Carrier. Today Dougherty was paired with Trevor Murphy as part of the second group practice and Carrier was joined by Jimmy Oligny in the first group practice. It wouldn’t shock me in the least to see these pairings or lines change throughout the week. This is all about the feel out process and letting everyone get used to one-another before finding something that sticks. That said, the permutations at the Admirals disposal for their rookies this season feel pretty much endless to find the right fit.
After practice I was able to chat with Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason. I also spoke with Eric Robinson, Max Görtz, Pontus Åberg, and Jonathan Diaby. Here is what they all had to say at the conclusion of Day 1 of Admirals Training Camp from the MSOE Kern Center.
Thoughts or reactions from the first day of Training Camp? Who impresses you the most out of the invitees and do you feel any have a legitimate chance of sticking around in Milwaukee?
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