The first proper roster move of the season has been made. And it isn’t one that sees a member of the Milwaukee Admirals heading to the Nashville Predators. The Admirals are sending forward Justin Kirkland to their ECHL affiliate the Cincinnati Cyclones in order to log playing time. Kirkland is expected to make his pro hockey debut with the Cyclones tonight in Cincinnati when they face-off against the Toledo Walleye.
Kirkland was the Predators third round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft out of Kelowna (WHL). In his three full seasons with the Kelowna Rockets he produced 168 points (71 goals, 97 assists in 187 games. He split time between Kelowna and the Notre Dame Argos Midget setup between the 2011-13 seasons.
At the very least Kirkland is expected to make his pro hockey debut tonight with the Cyclones at the ECHL level. Past that? It isn’t certain how long he will remain with the club. The Admirals weren’t anticipating he would play a part in Wednesday’s game against the Chicago Wolves and, should the same be said of this weekend, Kirkland could find himself playing Saturday for the Cyclones as well. It’s a wait and see process for now with the goal in mind to have Kirkland being active rather than stationary in Milwaukee.
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