The Milwaukee Admirals have reassigned forward Anthony Richard to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. The roster move comes a day after the first-year pro played in the Admirals 1-0 shutout on the road over the Cleveland Monsters.
Richard has played in 10 games for the Admirals so far this season but has yet to score a point of offense. He joined the Admirals late last season after finishing a four-year junior career with Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL) where he produced 238 points (111 goals, 127 assists) in 232 games. He made his professional debut during the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs with the Admirals.
This roster move should do Richard well by way of granting him much more ice time in the ECHL to get his offensive game back in motion. Richard has had some flashes here and there but has generally looked to be fighting it at times as far as keeping up with the pace of the game goes. He oddly didn’t look nearly as overwhelmed as he does now as when he did in his debut during the playoffs. This ECHL trip could do him real well to eat up minutes and eventually return to the Admirals all the sharper because of it. I’d imagine in the meantime it would mean a return to the lineup for Justin Kirkland who was a healthy scratch in place of Richard last night. The two have rotated here and there in that respect a few times this season.
The Cyclones play tonight on home ice against the Atlanta Gladiators. It won’t be that long of a trek from Cleveland to Cincinnati for Richard to get to the ECHL affiliate. It is the lone contest of the weekend for the Cyclones so it’ll be a wait and see game as far as if Richard plays just the lone game tonight or sticks around for small portion longer.
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