Today was Media Day for the Milwaukee Admirals. It was also the final day that the team will be in town before they travel to San Antonio, Texas for the 2016-17 season opener. The Admirals face-off against the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
Before the Media Day activities swung into action we once again got a good look at how the Admirals are setting up shop ahead of this weekend’s games. It might have been a different day but the story was essentially the same in regards to the formation of the line combinations.
It’s a safe bet to say, right now, that Matt White, Justin Kirkland, and Jonathan Diaby will not factor into Saturday’s season opener based on practice all this week. White and Kirkland have essentially been operating as flex options in and out of different drills but they really haven’t had line rushes or other three-man drill sessions like any of the other lines shown above. It could change for the Sunday afternoon game – but we’ll see.
Media Day activities meant several local news outlets turning out to get their season previews in for TV. The day was split between interviews at the MSOE Kern Center rink and at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena by the locker room area. I’m fairly certain you’ll be able to tell which interviews were recorded where.
Today I chatted with Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason. He had a wee bit of a gaffe when announcing who the team captain was but, thankfully, I also chatted with the newly named Admirals captain Trevor Smith directly after that. Also in the mix were Petter Granberg, Mike Liambas, Juuse Saros, and Anthony Richard. Here is what everyone had to say before packing up the bags for San Antonio.
Happy with who the team has selected as far as the captains are concerned? Do you feel Juuse Saros starts both games this weekend or would it be good to get Jonas Gunnarsson’s North American pro debut out of the way?
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