This morning’s practice at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena gave a small preview into what to expect out of the Milwaukee Admirals clash against the Grand Rapids Griffins tomorrow night. The forward groups look set and the team was working on plenty of drills that saw them working North and South at pace.
The forward group was trimmed down to twelve this morning when Anthony Richard, along with defenseman Jonathan Diaby, were reassigned to the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL). That made for consistent line drills up front. As for the defense that is a completely different story.
The defensive pairings I gathered are essentially the norm with Anthony Bitetto slapped on at the end. In reality, today saw Bitetto pretty much running drills with everyone – including a lefty-lefty pairing with Trevor Murphy. It could be possible for the Admirals to once again dress seven defensemen as they did against the Cleveland Monsters last time out. That could mean sitting Justin Kirkland, dressing Bitetto as the seventh d-man, and rotating centers on the the fourth line.
After practice wrapped up I had the chance to speak at length with Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason. I also spoke with Juuse Saros and Frédérick Gaudreau. Here were today’s interviews with the team.
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