Chatterbox, Vol. 149

(Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch)
Pontus Åberg has been a point per game player for the Milwaukee Admirals so far this season. Will that continue when the Admirals face the Amtrak Rivals Wednesday morning? (Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch)

This morning I ventured in to catch the Milwaukee Admirals practice at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena to get a look at the team after yesterday’s off-day. The next game for the Admirals will be at 10:30 AM CST for the second ever school day game for the organization. They will be matching up against the Chicago Wolves who they have narrowly beaten twice this season – once on the road (2-1) and once at home (3-2, SO).

What you’ve seen out of the Admirals for awhile now, roster-wise, is pretty much what you’ll see for at least the next little bit I suspect. Once again the Admirals line combinations looked exactly as they have been for the past two weeks. It’s made all the more solidified by the fact that (1) there aren’t even players to healthy scratch in camp and (2) the team has been earning a good chunk of points with this lineup.

Florek-Smith-Åberg
Liambas-Girard-Payerl
White-Kamenev-Gaudreau
Richard-Kirkland-Görtz

Oligny-Granberg
Pardy-Carrier
Murphy-Dougherty

Saros
Gunnarsson

That all looked familiar enough so, for a bit of fun and insight, I decided to try and test out the Admirals new Ice Box seating area between the two benches and on the glass. When I heard the concept I loved the idea of it but wasn’t sure how obstructed the view might be with curved glass and then the benches jumbled up on the side panels. Honestly, it was really a cool spot. It’s a fish bowl but one that surrounds you with the full playing environment. I’d imagine that would be a blast to experience during a game.

After practice wrapped up I gather up interviews with the players that today weren’t just chosen by fans but had some of the questions actually asked by fans. In the past, I’ve always enjoyed throwing it out on Twitter to check who you would like to hear from but I wanted to expand on that even more by getting your questions as well. It was a lot of fun doing that today and I encourage following up with suggestions and your own questions for the coaches or players more often. For a first crack at it today? Not too shabby.

Today’s fan selected interviews feature: Jack Dougherty, Pontus Åberg, and Jimmy Oligny.

As a preface to the interviews: I might want to have a re-think about wearing the Finland World Cup of Hockey pullover when they are the minority of the Euro contingent this season. Dougherty states that his WHL pal and roommate Justin Kirkland had his secondary assist, therefore first career pro point, changed on the scoresheet. To this point the AHL still lists Kirkland as the secondary assist – so – oops. Then there were a pair of interview bombs during Oligny’s interview which included your first proper Kam-eo of one Vladislav Kamenev and then his roomie from last season Trevor Murphy. Here are today’s fan requested interviews:

I should be due back for practice tomorrow and will likely speak with Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason as prep for Wednesday morning’s school day game. Have any players in particular you would like to hear from or have questions for them? Do comment down below. Note. Kamenev’s English is still not what I’d call interview friendly yet – but he’s slowly getting there. Until he’s comfortable to do it I’d prefer to not put someone with a language barrier problem on the spot as I relate to the social anxiety of the situation a bit too much.

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