The Nashville Predators have assigned five players to the Milwaukee Admirals which sets their roster to the required amount for opening night. Assigned this afternoon to the Admirals were: Pontus Åberg, Frédérick Gaudreau, Félix Girard, Petter Granberg, and Mike Liambas.
Press Release via Nashville Predators:
Nashville, Tenn. (October 9, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has assigned forwards Pontus Aberg, Frederick Gaudreau, Felix Girard and Mike Liambas, and defenseman Petter Granberg to Milwaukee (AHL).
Nashville’s training camp roster is now at 22 players – 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. An updated roster is available here.
Nashville opens the regular season with a doubleheader against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, October 14, and Saturday, October 15. Friday’s contest will be played at Bridgestone Arena and shown live on NBCSN.
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That sets the Predators for opening night but it only makes filling out the Admirals roster before their regular season begins this coming Saturday. By adding Granberg to the mix the defense could likely see the return of head coach Dean Evason‘s favorite mixture which sees three left-handed defensemen paired with three right-handed defensemen. So, that’s no bother.
Where the real challenges are come at the forward position now where the roster is completely loaded. Decisions for final cuts are going to be tough. And the biggest beneficiary will be the Admirals ECHL affiliate the Cincinnati Cyclones. I have to believe some high quality players will be arriving there to start the season by sheer volume of players in Milwaukee.
If you were to fill out an opening night roster for the Milwaukee Admirals right now – who ends up off your roster? How will Austin Watson and Petter Granberg add to this year’s Admirals?
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