This morning I had the opportunity to get a look at the Milwaukee Admirals practicing on the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena ice. Simply put, it has me extremely excited to see and hear what that place is going to be like come the home opener this Saturday.
Before going anywhere into just how practice looked it is worth mentioning there was a roster move that took place by the time I arrived at the new barn. The Nashville Predators recalled defenseman Matt Irwin from the Admirals ahead of their upcoming California road trip.
That of course means a shake up of the Admirals defense is in order. Funnily enough though the team hardly ran man 2-D drills in today’s practice so there aren’t exactly defensive pairings as of yet. The forwards group did see a twist as far as line combinations are concerned.
All three names that were returned to the Admirals from the Predators yesterday were on-hand for today’s practice. Trevor Smith went right back in to his familiar line with Pontus Åberg and Justin Florek. Frédérick Gaudreau on the other hand shifted out of being center and out on the wing of Vladislav Kamenev who also saw the inclusion of Matt White enter the fray. Meanwhile Juuse Saros returned and did typical Saros-like things.
I had the chance to speak with all three who played in Nashville that are back here in Milwaukee about the wild weekend they had. I also caught up with Admirals head coach Dean Evason. Here is what they all had to say following practice today at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.
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