With all the scrambling going around topside this news shouldn’t come as too much of a shock. The Nashville Predators were stricken by food poisoning last night and it should mean several Milwaukee Admirals getting recalled ahead of tonight’s game with the same being said out of the team’s ECHL affiliate the Cincinnati Cyclones.
Confirmed additions to the Admirals roster tonight from the Cyclones are Justin Kirkland, Eric Robinson, Mark Visentin, and Jaynen Rissling. Additionally the Admirals have signed current member of the Cyclones Shawn O’Donnell and prototypical emergency goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris to PTO contracts.
The major notable here would be Kirkland who should be expected to make his AHL and Admirals debut in tonight’s game. Kirkland was reassigned by the Admirals to the Cyclones in order to log some playing time while the numbers at forward in Milwaukee were stacked against him. He did manage to get his pro debut out of the system this past Tuesday. The Cyclones lost at home to the Toledo Walleye 5-0 in the contest but all signs pointed to an active and good performance by Kirkland in his debut.
As for what this all means for the Admirals and Predators? It’s a wait and see process right now. There have already been a number of current Admirals spotted arriving to the Bridgestone Arena ahead of the Predators game against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight: Frédérick Gaudreau, Austin Watson, and Matt Irwin. With Visentin, and especially Grumet-Morris, being brought in it would be extremely safe to say both Juuse Saros and Jonas Gunnarsson are in the group brought in to assist during Nashville’s food poison woes as well.
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